KATHRYN Joseph, who scooped a Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award last month, celebrates the release of her debut single with a launch show at The Hug and Pint, Glasgow next Saturday. The track, The Bird, will be released as part of a double A-side single, alongside the aptly titled The Worm, on Monday.

The release caps off what has been an absolutely incredible six months for the Scottish songwriter, who released her debut LP, Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled, at the start of the year. A haunting, mesmeric piece of work, the album was the surprising but deserving winner of this year’s SAY Award in June.

The album’s success stunned everybody, not least Joseph herself who admits she was gobsmacked.

“Every time I talk about it I feel like one of those crazy old ladies that look back at the one time they were famous, watching the video back over and over again,” she says.

“It was so beautiful to be a part of. So many of the nominated artists had dedicated their whole lives to music. It was a privilege to even be placed amongst them.”

Despite Joseph’s modesty, her recent success has been more than earned. Originally recorded in 2011, the final 10 tracks make for one of the most emotionally raw records written by a Scottish songwriter.

Though Joseph has been writing songs and playing them live for two decades, it took the encouragement of Marcus and Claire MacKay of Hit the Fan Records, her neighbours at the time, to finally record them.

She says: “I’ve been writing songs since my early 20s, so some of the songs on the album are about ten years old. Playing songs live made sense to me, but I didn’t want to pursue the rest of it – the publicity, the career, it had always stopped me.

“It was lucky that Marcus and Claire offered because I couldn’t have coped with asking people to do it, or paying someone that didn’t care. If I worked with a producer, I wanted them to be interested.”

The attention to detail certainly paid off. Clunky piano and reverberant production give the record a sense of space that allows every vocal inflection to truly stand out.

It would be impossible not to highlight Joseph’s voice in particular though. Both earthy and ethereal, it’s the record’s finest component. Nevertheless, despite critics having drawn various comparisons, the distinctive style is all hers.

“I’ve always just sung in this odd way,” says Joseph. “I’ve never thought about it, really. I remember years ago, a friend of mine gave me a tape of Joanna Newsom’s because I reminded him of her. The first time I listened I thought she sounded like a child. And yet, years later, I became a big fan of hers.”

Like Newsom, Joseph’s sound is admittedly unorthodox, but there’s a poignancy and naked vulnerability to tracks such as The Bird that helps her stand out from her peers. Bones... is a melancholic album that is emotional to listen to and must have been more so to make, but Joseph is adamant that the experience has made her more positive.

“It wasn’t just making the album that was hard; I just used to feel so depressed the day after a performance,” says Joseph. “That’s changing though. I always dreaded new shows and performances, but I’m genuinely excited about these upcoming ones. I’m just enjoying all of it – even all the attention and the publicity and the interviews. I’ve met so many beautiful humans in such a short space of time. I’m just incredibly grateful.”

The Bird/The Worm is released on Monday on Hits the Fan. She plays The Hug and Pint on August 1 and Belladrum Festival on August 6.