Joshua Burnside – Into the Depths of Hell

Joshua Burnside – Into the Depths of Hell

5
Friday, 4 September 2020, 9.00am

Joshua Burnside released Into the Depths of Hell on 4 September. 

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Shannon McNamee
5

How I discovered this artist: 

Word of mouth I think

The track or piece of music I enjoyed most: 

Will You Go or Must I

Why I gave the above rating: 

This record by Belfast singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside, his second studio album, has clear influences of Irish, British and American folk music, combined with audio samples, distorted guitar riffs and auto-tune. Sounds like an odd combination, but it’s executed brilliantly on ‘Into the Depths of Hell’. When the album first came out, I listened to it three times in a row, I was hooked and already singing along to some of the tracks.

‘I Saw The Night’ opens the album on a dark note, with what sounds like synthesised bomb explosions, to a backdrop of political recordings. The mood softens though, with ‘Under the Concrete’ next, which reminds me a little of Bright Eyes, with its acoustic sound, and a soft melody on vocals. I’ve listened to this album countless times already without skipping any tracks, but some other favourites of mine are ‘Noa Mercier’, with it’s Americana banjo riff, ‘Will You Go or Must I’ and it’s dainty, simple melody on piano, and ‘Nothing for Ye’, the folky ballad which closes the album.

Who readers should listen to next: 

John Blek, Ye Vagabonds, Anna Mieke, Bright Eyes, Wilco,
Sep 8, 2020
 

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