OH MY JOSH
SINGER-SONGWRITER JOSH PYKE GETS THE CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING AT MIAMI MARKETTA TONIGHT
Album number five was a more freeing experience for Aussie muso Josh Pyke, who recorded it with minimal pressure.
Pyke says July’s But For All
These Shrinking Hearts is about getting comfortable with experimentation.
“Every record is a development on the last one, and they’re all different, but for this one I had a studio at home so I was working out of bed,” he says. “I was open to fun, different ideas, and I co- wrote three of the songs – which for me is a big deal.
“I love collaborations but don’t actually often do cowrites. It’s a strange, magical feeling figuring out what your subconscious is saying and it made the collaboration experiment great.”
Though influenced by disheartening matters such as the refugee debate and arts funding, first single Hollering
Hearts is a bittersweet mix of happiness and sadness.
“The lyrics are sad but joyful; I feel the bad things are about what I don’t agree with but you have to try to be happy,” he says.
Pyke says there is a certain pressure that comes with showcasing new content.
“If anything it gets harder,” he says. “You are basically baring your soul in public. You basically get judged.”
The ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter has been creative since the age of 14, when he began writing songs while a student at Sydney’s Fort Street High School.
Pyke broke through 10 years ago with his winning tale about growing up in Sydney’s Balmain, Middle of
the Hill, also included on his 2007 debut album Memories
and Dust. That album established him as a distinctive new voice.
For fans who have followed Pyke since those early days, the musician promises to perform plenty of older numbers as well.
“There is an instant gratification that comes with playing for a crowd,” he says.
Josh Pyke heads to Miami Marketta tonight.