Evocative dynamics and soul-searching lyrics
Songwriter Joshua James has been praised by NPR for "sparse, moody atmospheric rock that draws out the drama." Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, has been gaining notice all over with a whispering voice that seems to get inside your mind and songs that take on big themes. "There is a mystic in the mountains high above the Great Salt Lake / He’s dancin’ in the heaven far below his golden gates/ He’s lookin’ at our cars below/ And laughin’ at our rock & roll," he sing the first lines of "Mystic." Now based in Utah—where he co-owns Northplatte Records—he pens songs from his personal spiritual epicenter, Willamette Mountain. Joshua deals in the currency of mysticism, trading thoughts of life’s repressiveness and his misgivings about organized religion for a search for the holy, a personal quest for transcendence or something similar. Says the Telegraph in London: "Thumping, cymbal-free percussion underpins many tracks, adding an eerie heartbeat to what are already pensive, skewed slices of American pie that can only tangentially be considered folk." Joshua comes to Michigan with a much-awaited new release, "My Spirit Sister." Doom country band Timmy the Teeth opens.