Now Playing: Vance Joy's Charming Solo Sesh
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014

  • Posted by: David Pitz

Vance Joy's "Riptide" is an unlikely global phenomenon. It's not made of the ingredients that generally ripple around the world. There is no glossy pop production, recognizable cameo, or crowd-baiting drops. I have a hard time ever imaging any kind of club remix treatment. Instead, the tall, floppy-haired Australian songwriter pairs inspiration fleeced from Midnight Cowboy with scrappy bits of ukulele, a worldly rhythmic romp, and an infectious melody delivered in his feathered, slightly whimsical voice. It's a solid tune, as effective stripped to its roots as it is in fully-cloaked, album form.

In our recent studio visit with Vance (which is an alias, by the way. His real name is James Keogh), the former professional footballer was kind enough to take our crew through a solo stroll of the hit, as well "Mess Is Mine"; another little musical wonder from his recently released album, Dream Your Life Away. Alone, it's a perfect setting for a pair of songs that evoke nostalgia, romance, and adventure as they cycle through. In between we learn a little bit about what it means to have the opportunity to share music with a growing, rather ravenous audience. The invigoration Vance gets from his audience works both ways. See what we're talking about in this special, stripped down session.


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