Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard’s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s edition comes from Joseph. The Oregon-bred trio — comprised of sisters Natalie Schepman and Allison and Meegan Closner — have been on the upswing since the release of their breakthrough LP, 2016’s I’m Alone, No You’re Not, released via ATO Records. The set hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and earned the band tour slots alongside James Bay and Amos Lee, and dates at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and more.
After working alongside First Aid Kit & Jenny Lewis producer Mike Mogis on the folk-tinged LP, Joseph linked up with producer Christian “Leggy” Langdon (Meg Myers, Charlotte OC) for their sophomore album Good Luck, Kid, released last September. The trio closed out 2019 with their first-ever performance on iconic UK program, BBC 2’s Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, on New Year’s Eve, and also dropped a new stripped-down live EP, Trio Sessions: Vol. 1.
Currently in the midst of a 2020 North American headlining tour with dates through March, Joseph continues to ring in the new year with this week’s #TBT Mixtape — an ode to their pre-record deal selves, and including tracks by Death Cab For Cutie, Rhye, Lianne La Havas and others.
Give the playlist a spin and check out a personal reflection from the band below about the playlist’s inspiration.
“When we first started Joseph we drove up and down I-5 over and over playing backyards and coffee shops and twinkly lit living rooms. These were the songs we danced to, looked out the window to, slept to — but not the front seat co-pilot! — and felt inspired by, wondering what the future might hold,” Natalie says. “Some of the bands on this playlist I remember seeing play at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, specifically Lianne La Havas who is British and Little Green Cars who are Irish, thinking how amazing it must be to travel across the world and have people show up to your show. I remember wondering how they picked what outfit to wear and looking for clothes like theirs at Goodwill. I remember rolled down windows and car dancing and the feeling of finally seeing the ocean to the right after hours and hours driving south. I think about at those tender little couch surfing babies with their Trader Joe’s groceries and eye twinkles. They had no idea what was coming.”