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.”