Northern Irish, independent, “experimental folk” singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside’s new EP, If You’re Goin’ That Way, is absolutely magnificent and, at only five tracks, far too brief. This guy smacks around the folk revival style of Mumford Sons with some Meursault electro-folk and good, ol’ fashioned Nick Drake melody. You best pay attention.
Electronic beats mingle with faint, melodic piano and Joshua’s ghostly vocals in the rhythmic, eerie synth-pop opener “Desert Wine.”
“Black Dog Sin” is multi-instrumental, multi-genre perfection. Rough, plucky folk instrumentation, handclap percussion, seaside sounds, a haunting backing choir, sudden drastic changes in tone and tempo without compromising the melody’s integrity….what more could you want or ask of a song? You can watch the blindfolded video below.
“Little Blind” begins with a purer, though no less spectacular form of folk, before bursting forth with a mind-bending blend of jaunty piano and dissonant guitar.
The finale “Half Homes” cranks up the banjo, throws in some female backing vocals and dances off into the sunset. What a piece of work, what a wonder.
The album is available as a name your price (including $0) download at Bandcamp and I strongly suggest you get it…
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