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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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- My name is Vance Joy.
My debut album is Dream Your Life Away.
I think your songwriting is always evolving, so you get a lot of room in an album to give a lot of different colors and flavors.
And sometimes songs come out fully formed, but then there's other songs that is like 10 or four or five different parts of songs that you've written.
You don't even see that they can possibly fit together.
And so it's about, I guess, I'm using the same chords.
Maybe these things could work together.
It's nice to be able to go on a journey throughout the album, songs that I started writing five years ago to the ones that I wrote just two weeks before the album was due.
Talking like we used to do.
It was always me and you.
Shaping up and shipping out, check me in and check me out.
Do you like walking in the rain? When you think of love, do you think of pain?
You can tell me what you see.
Well, I will choose what I believe.
Well, hold on, darling.
This body is yours.
This body is yours and mine.
Well, hold on, my darling.
This mess was yours.
Now, your mess is mine.
Oh, your mess is mine.
See you in the marketplace walking 'round at 8:00 a.m.
I got two hours before my flight, luck be on my side tonight.
You're the reason that I feel so strong, the reason that I'm hanging on.
You know you gave me all that time.
Well, did I give enough of mine?
Well, hold on, darling.
This body is yours.
This body is yours and mine.
Well, hold on, my darling.
This mess was yours.
Now your mess is mine.
Oh, your mess is mine.
Your mess is mine.
Bring me to your house and tell me sorry for the mess.
Hey, I don't mind.
You're talking in your sleep all the time.
Well, you still make sense to me.
Your mess is mine.
Oh, your mess is mine.
This body's yours and this body is mine.
Oh, your mess is mine.
Your mess is mine.
I started writing it in 2008.
I wrote the first two lines as a verse, and then four years later, I wrote the melody for the chorus.
And I kinda hadn't even tried to revive the song.
I didn't really think it was ever gonna come to fruition.
Four years later, I wrote this melody, and it kinda made the first two lines come back to me.
And then over a few days, I kinda had this stream of consciousness of just writing and just experimenting.
And that song was a lot of experimentation with different parts.
And I was just letting those connections happen, fitting words into that melody.
This song has just kinda opened doors for me.
If it's like going to Sweden and playing it at a random TV show there or somewhere else, it's like I've just kinda set no boundaries.
I was scared of dentists and the dark.
I was scared of pretty girls and starting conversations.
All my friends are turning green.
You're the magician's assistant in their dreams.
Oh, then they come unstuck.
Lady running down to the river tide, taken away to the dark side.
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you're singing that song and I got a lump in my throat
'cause you gone and sang the words wrong.
Here's this movie that I think you'll like.
This guy decides to quit his job and head to New York City,
this cowboy who's running from himself.
She's been living on the highest shelf.
Oh, oh, then they come unstuck.
Lady running down to the river tide, taken away to the dark side.
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you're singing that song and I got a lump in my throat
'cause you gone and sang the words wrong.
I just wanna, I just wanna know if you're gonna, if you're gonna stay.
I just gotta, I just gotta know.
I can't have it, I can't have it any other way.
I swear she is destined for the screen
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen.
Oh, lady running down to the river tide, taken away to the dark side.
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you're singing that song and I got a lump in my throat
'cause you gone and sang the words wrong.
A lady running down to the river tide, taken away to the dark side.
I wanna be your left-hand man.
I love you when you're singing that song and I got a lump in my throat
'cause you gone and sang the words wrong.
And I got a lump in my throat 'cause you gone and sang the words wrong.
I guess the best bit for me is playing a good show and then meeting people after.
And they come and they're like, "I love this song, and this means a lot to me.
" That's so good because that kinda reinvigorates you, gives you that passion to sing the songs and be in the songs and feel them again, so it's good.
Hey, this is Vance Joy.
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Artist Bio

Vance Joy recently released his eagerly awaited sophomore album, Nation of Two. The already critically-acclaimed collection is available now at all music retailers and streaming services.

Nation of Two which includes the hit singles, Lay It On Me and Saturday Sun has quickly earned widespread critical applause around the world. The Australian singer-songwriter has gone deeper and broader, raved Newsday, making singalongs that sound even bigger, ready for the stadiums he played as (Taylor) Swifts opener. Entertainment Weekly adds, Joy focused on crafting piercing vignettes of young love and emotional restlessness --- and the results absolutely thrill. It all adds up to an appealing album from an artist with a promising future, wrote Associated Press. This is (Vance Joys) time to really shine and he seizes it.

Nation of Two has already amassed over 60 million worldwide streams, thanks to a series of five distinctive tracks unveiled in the months leading up to the albums official release. In addition to aforementioned Lay It On Me and Saturday Sun, the album was further heralded by beautifully written gems from the 13-track collection, Like Gold, Were Going Home, and Call If You Need Me, the latter joined by an emotional companion visual, filmed by frequent Vance Joy collaborator Mimi Cave, who also directed the videos for Lay It On Me and Were Going Home.

Saturday Sun, the albums second official U.S. single, is impacting now at Alternative radio outlets nationwide. The bright and uplifting track is quickly proving a worldwide fan favorite, with over one million global streams in its first five days of release. An official companion visual will make its debut in the coming weeks.

Vance Joy will mark the arrival of Nation of Two with his biggest worldwide headline tour thus far, announced earlier this month during an intimate Facebook Live event in Venice, CA. The first North American leg of the Nation of Two World Tour will get underway April 13th at Berkeley, CAs world-renowned Greek Theatre and then continues into the summer (tour itinerary attached). Tickets for all headline dates are available beginning today at 10am (local); for more information and ticket details, please visit http://www.vancejoy.com/tour. Every online ticket purchased for the 2018 Vance Joy tour includes a standard digital copy of the new album, Nation of Two. Instructions on how to redeem your copy will be sent via email on release day, February 23rd, 2018. As if that werent enough, Vance Joy will also perform at multiple high-profile festivals throughout 2018, including Coachella, Shaky Knees, Firefly and more.

Vance Joy who is currently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Australia will celebrate the release of Nation of Two with a run of high-profile national TV performances, beginning with CBS The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday, February 27th followed by NBCs Today on Friday, March 8th. Whats more, Wednesday, March 6th will see NBCs Last Call with Carson Daly presenting two performances by Vance Joy, filmed live from Los Angeles Fonda Theatre (check local listings).

Nation of Two is the follow up to Vance Joys critically acclaimed breakthrough debut album dream your life away, which recently surpassed one million in consumption in the U.S. alone. The album spawned the 4x Platinum blockbuster hit, Riptide and RIAA Platinum certified Mess Is Mine. dream your life away also featured fire and the flood and Georgia, which are both now certified Gold. Based on the success of these songs, Vance Joy was the #1 Most Played artist at Alternative radio in 2015.

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