6 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joshua Radin strips down some songs from his celebrated 2010 album, The Rock and the Tide, making for an intimate recording. “Streetlight” opens by swapping out piano for an old wooden guitar, over which Radin’s whispery croons resonate with an immediate and upfront presence. As if the album version of “You Got What I Need” wasn’t hushed enough, this translation sounds like he’s cautiously playing with the utmost library etiquette. Without the snappy drums and the bouncing bass heard on the album, the threadbare acoustic session rendition of “The Ones with the Light” plays almost like a completely different song, as delicately picked arpeggios accompany Radin’s tell-you-a-secret singing style. Without the pulsing electro flourishes and pumping rhythm, this piano-and-guitar adaptation of “Here We Go” sounds less suited for the mall and more conducive to café dwelling on a rainy autumn day. Similarly, when the pedaling post-punk-inspired rhythms are subtracted from “We Are Only Getting Better,” it becomes a lilting serenade. Radin bookends with the soulful non-album track “I Missed You.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joshua Radin strips down some songs from his celebrated 2010 album, The Rock and the Tide, making for an intimate recording. “Streetlight” opens by swapping out piano for an old wooden guitar, over which Radin’s whispery croons resonate with an immediate and upfront presence. As if the album version of “You Got What I Need” wasn’t hushed enough, this translation sounds like he’s cautiously playing with the utmost library etiquette. Without the snappy drums and the bouncing bass heard on the album, the threadbare acoustic session rendition of “The Ones with the Light” plays almost like a completely different song, as delicately picked arpeggios accompany Radin’s tell-you-a-secret singing style. Without the pulsing electro flourishes and pumping rhythm, this piano-and-guitar adaptation of “Here We Go” sounds less suited for the mall and more conducive to café dwelling on a rainy autumn day. Similarly, when the pedaling post-punk-inspired rhythms are subtracted from “We Are Only Getting Better,” it becomes a lilting serenade. Radin bookends with the soulful non-album track “I Missed You.”

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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

HOMETOWN
Shaker Heights, OH
BORN
June 14, 1974

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