14 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Josh Pyke’s first album is the ideal synthesis of Beatlesque melodies and back-porch country feeling. The title track is a luminous bit of understated orchestration, as streams of organ, drum rolls and slide guitar propel his cascading choruses. Like M. Ward and Elliott Smith, Pyke is a master of embedding subtle complexities into catchy tunes. “Lines on Palms” pulls us into an easygoing acoustic ride before blossoming into a big chorus, while “Sew My Name” starts as a wandering guitar line and slowly builds to a deep-grooved expression of loyalty.  

EDITORS’ NOTES

Josh Pyke’s first album is the ideal synthesis of Beatlesque melodies and back-porch country feeling. The title track is a luminous bit of understated orchestration, as streams of organ, drum rolls and slide guitar propel his cascading choruses. Like M. Ward and Elliott Smith, Pyke is a master of embedding subtle complexities into catchy tunes. “Lines on Palms” pulls us into an easygoing acoustic ride before blossoming into a big chorus, while “Sew My Name” starts as a wandering guitar line and slowly builds to a deep-grooved expression of loyalty.  

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About Josh Pyke

Singer/songwriter Josh Pyke hails from Australia, where he came onto the indie scene in 2005 with the release of his debut, Recordings 2003-2005. The album produced two hit radio tunes, "Middle of the Hill," which was voted number 19 on the Triple J Hottest 100 list for 2005, and "Private Education," which came in at number 57 on the same list a year later. Having made waves on the important indie/underground fan-created list, Pyke was signed to Australian label Ivy League Records in 2005. His first disc for the label was Feeding the Wolves. An Australian Recording Industry Association nomination earned him opportunities to collaborate with important artists such as Wayne Connolly, Matt Lovell, and Chris Joannou. Two years of heavy touring later, Memories & Dust came out to a warm reception. His keen melodic sense and incisive lyrics earned him fans all over his native Australia and the U.K. Chimney's Afire, recorded at Linear Recording Studios in Sydney, appeared in 2008, with the Wayne Connolly-produced Only Sparrows following in 2011. The Beginning & the End of Everything arrived in 2012.

~ Evan C. Gutierrez

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