JOSHUA RADIN is back with the intimate new single “Man of the Year”, taken from an upcoming collection “though the world will tell me so, volume 2” (coming 23 June).
The new single arrives as the US troubadour embarks on a European tour this month. Remaining tickets are on sale now here.
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Featuring his signature acoustic guitar and gentle vocals, “Man Of The Year” finds Joshua Radin exploring his personal struggles with intimacy and vulnerability. As he explains:
“I build walls around myself, always terrified of being hurt, making myself too vulnerable, which is I’m sure why the music I write is the exact opposite – I try to create a world in which I want to live.”
“I wrote this song for someone who scares me” he adds. “Actually, I write a lot of songs for the very few people in my life who scare me in some way, the ones who I feel could hurt me. I was thinking this might be a song that could find its way on to the radio, calling out to her through speakers, letting her know that I won’t run away from her anymore, that I’m ready to be the best version of myself.”
Taken from ‘though the world will tell me so, volume 2’, the EP is the follow up to ‘…volume 1’ which was released earlier in 2023. Collectively they make for a breathtaking trove of songs inspired by Joshua’s time on the road in 2022. Rather than wait for inspiration to strike, Radin seeks it out wherever possible. To that end, in the Autumn of 2022, he left his material existence in the rearview, grabbed a backpack, packed his guitar, picked up a pen and a pad, and sought new stories to tell. “I felt like I was going to live the life of a kid on a gap year after high school,” he smiles. “However, it has helped my writing and my soul. I feel so much freer.”
Travelling with nothing more than the essentials (and enough tools to be creative), Radin recorded ‘though the world will tell me so, volume 1’ in places such as Stockholm, Paris, and Lisbon. Tracks like the softly anthemic “I’m Just Different,” piano-laden “Broken,” and “Running from the Dawn” instantly reacted with audiences, as the EP generated over 2 million Spotify streams and counting. “Throughout the album, I’d say the common thread is this,” he elaborates. “For my entire life, I’ve felt like the world was telling me something which I didn’t necessarily agree with. I’ve always thought about how to do things a bit differently, whether it’s the way I wrote, recorded, or released this album or the way I’ve been living my life, it’s somewhat of a rebellion against the way the world says these things are supposed to be or happen”. Vol.1 is available to hear in full now, here.
On its heels, the full picture came into focus with the follow-up ‘though the world will tell me so, volume two’ (arriving 23rd June 2023). Gems he’s learned as of late glisten at the heart of the five-track EP. Essentially penned in the track order, the momentum moves forward in tandem with these realisations.
“We’re always being told different things depending on which country we’re in and what corporation is in control,” he notes. “Every time the world’s telling me something it depends on which region I’m in. So the more regions I travel to, the more different experiences I’m going to have. I’ve realised my soul is aided by hopping on a different train and not knowing the destination. Every day is like a clean slate. I just know my purpose is to step on stage and try to make people feel. When fans come to my concerts, they don’t come to dance or party; they come to feel something. I write songs to connect with the rest of the world.”
‘though the world will tell me so, vol 2’ will be released on 23rd June 2023 via the Nettwerk label, with all 10 tracks from the project set to be available digitally and as a vinyl package.
Currently in the midst of a European tour in support of his latest work, Joshua Radin has been performing in the UK & Ireland this week. Remaining dates are as follows:
JOSHUA RADIN – UK & IRELAND TOUR 2023
12th April – London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington
14th April – Manchester, UK @ Factory 251
15th April – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
16th April – Dublin, Ireland @ Pepper Canister Church
17th April – Liverpool, UK @ PHASE ONE
Tickets for all shows are on sale now. For further details of the wider European tour head to: https://www.joshuaradin.com
Support for the UK & Ireland shows will come from Dublin risers VNXI. Consistently selling out shows in their homeland and across the pond of late, the quartet create ambitious rock songs uplifted by a palpable pop ambition, and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned hometown authenticity. Catch them touring as a duo and trio with Joshua this Spring…
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Since his emergence in 2004, Joshua Radin has earned a reputation as an empathetic, engaging, and often enthralling troubadour. Over the years, he’s tallied north of 1 billion streams, moved 1 million-plus albums worldwide, and even scored a gold certification for the single “I’d Rather Be With You.” His music has appeared in over 200 films, television series, and commercials. In addition to multiple showstopping appearances on Ellen (who also enlisted him to perform at her wedding) and Today Show, as well as performances on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and Conan, he contributed “Brand New Day” to a commercial in support of the troops at the request of First Ladies Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. He played to sold-out crowds around the globe and shared the stage with the likes of Ed Sheeran,Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap, and The Script. Not to mention, he’s a staunch philanthropist who supports Little Kids Rock and North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), among others. Thus far his catalogue consists of nine full-length offerings highlighted by fan favourites such as ‘We Were Here’, ‘Simple Times’, ‘Underwater’, ‘Wax Wings’, and ‘Here, Right Now’, to name a few.
Radin’s latest full-length album ‘The Ghost and The Wall’, was released in 2021 to widespread acclaim. Parade hailed the single “Goodbye” as “breathy, gorgeous and intimate”, and American Songwriter promised, “A more beautiful set of ballads would be hard to come by”. Riff Magazine rated it “9-out-of-10,” while No Depression assured, “As long as Radin remains this honest and the melodies this sweet there’s every reason to believe he’ll have enough to say for his next 15 years in the business”. Releasing a surprise new EP of material in January of this year, ‘though the world will tell me so, vol 1’, standby for further new music later on in 2023.