Josh Taerk, aircheck (Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 November 2013)
Misty Creek Records [Release Date 9.12.13]
We live in the age of the self expressive singer songwriter, whose hegemony of the air waves must make the more enduring folkies wryly smile.
Songwriting has moved centre stage again and now that rock has worked out its anger and frustration, we’re back in the bed sitter dealing with introspective, confessional songs that deal with relationship, moods, feelings and melodies.
Canadian singer songwriter and storyteller Josh Taerk perfectly fills the mould. Together with former Rush and Blue Rodeo producer Terry Brown, he’s conjured up a potential radio friendly song with a memorable signature vocal and a catchy chorus.
His mellifluous voice evokes just enough yearning to draw you in and the subtle emphasis on melodic flow perfectly evokes his heartfelt lyrics. The song’s uplifting chorus is voiced over a gentle ascending wall of sound that gives the song an epic feel.
‘Casie’ is a crossover song on which the verses flow into the chorus as Josh emotes his feelings with some Jackson Brown style phrasing over a gentle acoustic wash: ‘Casie please wait for me, baby baby, don’t give up the fight, if I could choose my faith, we’d be together tonight’.
He perfectly balances his heartfelt songwriting with the kind of emotional delivery that gives the song its depth. Already championed by the likes of John Oates and The E Street Band’s Max Weinberg, this might just be the single that makes things happen for him. ****½
Review by Pete Feenstra
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CHESTER, University of Chester CH1 Bar 1pm
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EDINBURGH, University of Edinburgh The New Amphion 1pm
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