Wax Wings by Joshua Radin on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Citing the mythological flight of Icarus for the title of his fifth album, Joshua Radin’s Wax Wings is the singer/songwriter’s first self-released LP. Without any help from a record label, Radin takes more creative risks here than ever before, which could be what gave him the feeling of flying so close to the sun. In the opening “Beautiful Day,” he proclaims: “I’m gonna wash the dust off my soul…/Oh my my I’m learning to fly.” This overwhelming feeling of starting over is delicately punctuated by his lifelong nurturing of folk and roots influences; this time he counters a matured musical restraint with more impassioned singing. “When We’re Together” exudes an incisive sense of songwriting that steers traditional templates through surprising turns and twists. Radin’s whispery voice still muses on relationships. But there’s a noticeably wiser side to his poetry that can only come from a man teetering on the edge of his 40s and taking inventory of his experiences thus far. In the lyrics to “In Her Eyes,” Radin has to remind himself, “Settle down/You just met her tonight.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Citing the mythological flight of Icarus for the title of his fifth album, Joshua Radin’s Wax Wings is the singer/songwriter’s first self-released LP. Without any help from a record label, Radin takes more creative risks here than ever before, which could be what gave him the feeling of flying so close to the sun. In the opening “Beautiful Day,” he proclaims: “I’m gonna wash the dust off my soul…/Oh my my I’m learning to fly.” This overwhelming feeling of starting over is delicately punctuated by his lifelong nurturing of folk and roots influences; this time he counters a matured musical restraint with more impassioned singing. “When We’re Together” exudes an incisive sense of songwriting that steers traditional templates through surprising turns and twists. Radin’s whispery voice still muses on relationships. But there’s a noticeably wiser side to his poetry that can only come from a man teetering on the edge of his 40s and taking inventory of his experiences thus far. In the lyrics to “In Her Eyes,” Radin has to remind himself, “Settle down/You just met her tonight.”

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About Joshua Radin

Though Joshua Radin enjoyed singing during his childhood, the Cleveland native never intended to be a professional musician. Instead, he studied drawing and painting at Northwestern University, following his college years with stints as an art teacher, screenwriter, and art gallery employee. Eventually, Radin took a stab at songwriting and played one of his earliest compositions, "Winter," for his friend Zach Braff. The burgeoning actor/director took an immediate liking to the song, and "Winter" eventually found its way onto Braff's hit television show Scrubs in early 2004. After fans began to request more of his music, Radin decided to pursue a songwriting career and signed with Columbia Records, which issued his debut album, We Were Here, in 2006.

Radin relocated to Los Angeles and aligned himself with the Hotel Cafe, a unique Hollywood venue specializing in performances by singer/songwriters. He soon found himself playing national tour dates with a number of Hotel Cafe regulars, including Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, and Meiko. Meanwhile, he issued a pair of digital EPs while readying the release of his sophomore album, Simple Times, which arrived in late 2008. The album was released in the U.K. two years later. Meanwhile, Radin placated his American fans by issuing a short EP, Songs Under a Streetlight, and putting the finishing touches on The Rock and the Tide, which appeared in October 2010.

In 2012, Radin returned with the album Underwater, featuring musical contributions from such musicians as pianist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty), drummer Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan), and others. Another studio effort, Wax Wings, appeared the following year. Radin then delivered his sixth studio album, 2015's Onward & Sideways, which featured a guest appearance by Sheryl Crow. He returned with The Fall in 2017. His first album produced completely on his own, The Fall included the single "High and Low." ~ Marisa Brown & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Shaker Heights, OH
  • BORN
    Jun 14, 1974

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