We recently had the pleasure of getting to know the wildly dynamic indie artist Joey Britton through his brilliant new album entitled “Edmonton Sessions”.
Upon listening to the brilliant intro track “Forever Young”, it became undeniably evident that this artist is truly something special. It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music where recently, it seems as though fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any integrity, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy tunes. Powerful messaging and honest content in music has been sadly lost due to this trend; it is growing uncomfortably apparent that the main driving force behind many new “artists” entering the industry is simply a thirst for fame and money.
Joey Britton has effectively carved out a unique identity, while creating something addictive and entirely digestible.
Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records. Joey Britton’s “Edmonton Sessions” showcases a sound that is refreshing and passionate, while the content of the music remains entirely relatable and hard hitting. Versatile vocals shine through alluring acoustic guitar-work and engaging piano, while groovy rhythm and lead sections add undeniable character to each track. This makes for a wildly diverse and lively musical experience. This artist not only acts as a unique innovator; but he also effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the indie acoustic genre. The artist’s overall sound is an amazingly varied fusion of genres. It is almost as if this artist effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned it with style and flair — and much like a mad scientist, stirred ferociously until what has emerged is unrecognizable — an infectious monstrosity of delicious sound.
Single “Saving Grace” particularly stands out upon first listen. The sonic landscape crafted within this track alone fully encapsulates the dynamic nature of the album as a whole. The track showcases a fusion of sound that feels intimately roomy, well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on fingerpicked acoustic guitar-work, engaging percussion, smooth bass, driving electric guitars, and evolving pads. The sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy while maintaining a strong driving beat. Joey really shows off his outstanding vocal abilities and remarkable songwriting skills, while flexing his incredible arranging expertise.
Check out “Saving Grace”:
Another immediate favorite, “Stay Here”, utilizes a similar approach. The song is fantastically sequenced with each unique layer packing a distinct punch. Impressively, Somewhere within this ambitious and inventively crafted track there’s an amazing injection of anthemic and powerful instrumental and vocal pieces and that flow in an alluring and seamless nature. The audio production is nothing short of spectacular. This is especially remarkable considering the music itself is incredibly dynamic and unrestrained. The infectious vocals are intertwined perfectly with each evolving and ever-changing layer. It is a tireless listening experience and easily maintains your interest throughout. Personal favorite, “Fly Away”, further builds upon this notion. With the powerful and effective backing of guitar, bass, and driving percussion; Joey proves that his vocal prowess is simply just one example of the artist’s many strong assets. Each vocal performance is authentic and memorable for his thoughtful lyrics.
Check out “Fly Away”:
“Edmonton Sessions” is definitely one of those increasingly rare transcendent debut albums that doesn’t abide by the typical genre limitations and standards. Regardless of your specific musical tastes, regardless of any bias or animosity that you may have against the indie genres; the sheer uniqueness and thoughtfulness of the songwriting within this album will inspire and ignite applause and appreciation out of even the most reluctant listeners. Shying away from the typical clichés of the plethora of genres that he borrows inspiration from, Joey Britton has a remarkably unique style and sound which they maintains throughout the album. He certainly veers away the indie acoustic genre’s increasingly tired tendencies, creating a listening experience that feels entirely new and unpredictable. “Edmonton Sessions” oozes with integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for artists hoping to break through into the scene.
We highly recommend you check out this album. We rate it a MUST LISTEN!
Stream the album here: https://soundcloud.com/joeybritton/sets/edmonton-sessions
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