Artist Picks is a series we do where we turn the tables and ask artists for their current music recommendations. It’s a fun way to discover art that’s inspiring creators, rather than just hearing the opinions of influencers like myself. We ask the artist to list 10 songs that they’re currently listening to, tell us why they picked that song, and we put together a Spotify playlist with all of their picks plus our favorite song by that artist him or herself.
Today’s artist in the spotlight is Vance Joy, the man behind the incredibly catchy ukelele song “Riptide” that has garnered over 6 million views on YouTube and is among Spotify’s “10 Most Viral Tracks.” One day last year I asked fans of the Sunset Facebook Page what their favorite song of 2013 was. Multiple people picked “Riptide.” What these people and many other fans of Vance Joy might not know is that Vance Joy (birth name James Keogh) randomly decided to write a song while in law school, and the result was “Riptide.” Needless to say, the song was a rip-roaring success. Since then, the Melbourne-based artist has been named among Shazam’s “10 Artists Predicted To Break in 2014,” Spotify’s “Spotlight Artists for 2014,” Time Magazine declared him an “Artist To Watch,” and Billboard listed him as one of the “Top 10 Artists Making Global Noise.”
And perhaps what piqued my interest the most is that Vance Joy has been selected to go on a major North American tour with one of my favorite bands of 2014, Young The Giant. If you’re able to go to one of the shows when the bands are in your neighborhood, I would sincerely urge you to go. Vance Joy will soon be a headliner himself, so catching him as an opener for another incredible band is a steal. For full details on the tour and ticket information, visit his tour website here.
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There’s something about a tambourine that lights up a song. We’ve got a tambourine at work that we shake when we reach one of our goals (I’ll keep that vague…gotta cover my ass, ya know?). When somebody shakes it (the tambourine, not my ass, you pervs), the whole room claps. I think if I played this song by Vance Joy at my desk, the room would instinctively start clapping. It’s unclear whether they’d be clapping just because they heard a tambourine, or because this song by Vance Joy is simply beautiful. I might call that chorus pop-folk, which I’m not sure I’ve ever said before, because the two genres tend to be pretty far from one another. It’s addicting, though, which is something I typically relate to pop music, but it’s still got that folksy vibe to it that keeps the song intimate. I hadn’t heard of this Australian singer-songwriter before today, but when I heard “Riptide” on Your Music Radar, I knew I had stumbled across something worth keeping. “Riptide” is the second single off of Vance Joy’s debut EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, which will be released on March 22nd.
Bonus: Vance Joy’s first single, “From Afar.”