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ROME JOSH PYKE

- Sarah How­ells Entertainment · Arts · Music · Sony · Rome · Australia · Indie Rock · Rock Music · Josh Pyke

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Lis­ten­ing to a Josh Pyke al­bum is like sit­ting in a room with a good mate, shar­ing sto­ries and re­flec­tions, and re­al­is­ing that you have more in com­mon than you knew. His in­tri­cate sto­ry­telling has drawn us in since he emerged in 2005 with sim­ple yet thought­ful gui­tar ar­range­ments set atop un­der­stated lush sonic back­drops. The five-year wait since his pre­vi­ous al­bum has been worth it. Rome is some of the Syd­ney singer­song­writer’s best work yet, touch­ing on the tough re­al­i­ties of life while manag­ing to main­tain a sense of op­ti­mism. Still We Carry On en­cap­su­lates the bal­ance of harsh re­al­ity and hope that winds its way through the al­bum. Craft­ing com­men­tary on the hu­man con­di­tion is some­thing Pyke has al­ways ex­celled at, and the themes of age­ing, love, loss and doubt on Rome touch a nerve more than his pre­vi­ous re­leases. Per­haps it is that we are all get­ting more re­flec­tive as we age, and Pyke’s hon­est and au­then­tic song­writ­ing has tapped into that. Mu­si­cally, the al­bum sticks to Pyke’s roots and folk gui­tar rhythms danc­ing over am­bi­ent strings, with his voice and sto­ry­telling the sonic cham­pion. This is a spec­tac­u­lar record from one of Aus­tralia’s most loved artists. It is hon­est, lush, and prompts self-re­flec­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all that we have in life right now. In a time when we could all do with some hope and in­spi­ra­tion, Pyke is telling us that yes, times are tough, but as his lyrics in Doubt­ing Thomas fore­cast: “Some­thing good will come around again.”

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