Ahead of its release this Friday, we’re partnering with Western Australian artist JOSHUA to premiere his debut ‘Albany’ EP.
You may remember us covering JOSHUA’s single ‘Jump’ earlier this year. That was the track that kicked off the campaign for his debut EP, with ‘Never Been In Love’ and ‘You Make Me Want To Break Things’ following at the end of February and March respectively.
That trio of songs is accompanied here by three more new tracks (‘Heavy’, ‘Say It’ and ‘Fanboy’).
To celebrate our premiere today, JOSHUA walks us through each of the tracks on his debut and gives us a little insight into their meaning.
I have a lot to thank this song for. It was the moment I decided I wanted to chase down this singer’s dream of mine and give it all I have, no matter what happens. Opportunities only come around so often and when everyone went on online during the first Covid lockdown, I was able to team up with MSQUARED, take a day off work, and record this song. It’s been a major jumping platform for me and I hope it inspires the people who listen to it. I still go back to it when I need to gas myself up a bit.
This last 18 months has had major upheaval on my mental health and it kind of scared me how sad I could get. There was so much I was feeling, I couldn’t contain it and it spilled out and I saw how people reacted to that. I wrote this song trying to communicate how heavy my feelings felt and have people understand what I was going through. I want listeners to feel like it’s ok to acknowledge the weight of their mental health and how important it is to reach out for help.
Don’t you just hate it when people don’t communicate properly? ‘Say It’ came about after an almost-relationship stopped developing into anything more and I felt like I had been set up to be let down. Like, just say it from the beginning rather than dragging it out, it’ll save everybody a lot of hurt and awkwardness! I get too invested too quickly for my heart to be played with like that.
Never Been In Love
The hopeless romantic in me loves a solid love story and I’ve always wanted to write a love song but I can’t write from what I haven’t experienced. It took three years to get this one right and I’m so thankful to my co-writers for helping me to tell this story of a now-28-year-old who’s never been in love and really wants to be but is a bit scared of screwing it up when it does happen.
I have an obsessive nature. When I latch on to something, I will live and breathe it 24/7. When I was a kid it was Batman and Harry Potter; as an adult it’s this music dream and other artists who inspire me. I have a folder in my bookmarks bar of just interviews from my favourite artists. I liked the idea of conceptualising this obsession, making it almost a bit creepy and writing about this unrelenting suitor who’d go to the ends of the earth for someone who’s barely even noticed his existence. The production on this song is also one of my favourites!
You Make Me Want To Break Things
One of the things I hate the most in the entire world is being manipulated. To be used to be made to feel powerless and, what makes it worse, is when the user blames the used. I’m not normally a violent person but I found myself in a particular situation getting so angry, I’d think to myself, “I just want to break something!” and I was like, I should probably write a song about it instead. The tone and emotion we captured is something I really love; I’ve wanted to write a danceable song for so long!
So now you know a little about each of the songs on JOSHUA’s EP.
It’s now time for us to make good on premiering it in all its glory – and for you to press play below and give it a damned good listen.
The ‘Albany’ EP is released to all digital service providers this Friday.