Absolute [Release date 14.10.13]
The latest release by young Canadian singer/songwriter Josh Taerk is something of a throwback. Even his mop of curls shouts ‘1980s’, although I’m guessing it’s not a perm!
The opening number – ‘I’ll Live For You’ – sets the tone sounding like an acoustic guitar armed Bruce Hornsby backed by a laid back Toto, with some of the rhythm guitar lines echoing Kim Carnes’ Betty Davis Eyes.
It’s little wonder therefore that on the other side of the pond Josh’s brand of melodic rock has attracted the support of fellow musicians like the E Street Band’s Max Weinberg (who invited him to open his own set), John Oates (who booked him for a songwriters festival) and producer Terry Brown.
Following extensive touring across Canada and North America, he’s serving a long apprenticeship in the UK with three national support tours, a run of headline dates in October, and a November/December Coffee House Session tour of University campus cafes.
In many ways, Josh’s easy on the ear material – that would sit happily next to masters of the genre like Andrew Gold, Don McLlean and Stephen Bishop - is the perfect accompaniment for a Frappuccino or Espresso, and ideally with a muffin on the side while sporting a loose fitting pair of corduroy slacks and a comfy pair of brogues.
Yes, there may be no ‘edge’ or ‘attitude’ here, but the froth on your latte will be safe with this supremely well crafted, radio friendly set. So if AOR is your bag, Josh Taerk may well be your man. ***
Review by Pete Whalley
The latest Josh Taerk live session was streamed on Sunday 12 December. The session above was a Halloween Special streamed on 31 October 2021. Josh’s next session is Sunday 30 January 2022.
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Power Plays w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
SMOKING MARTHA Wild & Free (Xelon Entertainment)
TRUE NORTH Fix (Out Of Line Music)
COLLECTED Say When (indie)
ABOUT KINGS Heaven On Down The Highway (indie)
WHALEDOG Leave Me Alone (indie)
LED BY LANTERNS Six Feet Down (indie)
KROOKED TONGUE Freaky Love (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 BITE THE BULLET End Of The Line (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 CRYSTAL BALL Crysteria (Massacre Records)
14:00-16:00 SEAN TAYLOR The Beat Goes On (indie)
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