I was very pleased when Joel’s new EP, The Idea, dropped into my inbox this week. I’ve felt a little starved of new music lately, and was keen to listen to someone fresh.
The Idea is a very accomplished, very polished set of tracks, which were written by Joel whilst out sunning himself in the Canary Islands. There’s certainly a warmth and a distinct palette to the EP, as jaunty pop butts up happily against melancholy anthem.
My favourite track was Made Me Believe, which has a real emotional depth that is well supported by the melody building slowly, almost to a cliff-edge, before finding a path back down to quieter water.
There’s not really a weak track in the collection, with I Will Find and If I Could Love You particularly good, and it’s clear that he’s hit the mark with this one.
If I was to look for a constructive comment, I think I’d like to hear something a little edgier, a little more… unrefined, I guess. Joel has a great voice, and an undeniable ear for melody and how songs can be constructed. I have no doubt that he’d also succeed at deconstructing songs, and I’d love to hear some of his energy on tracks that expose more of the rawness that emotion can – and often does – deliver.
Overall? A Sound Impression likes this a lot, and will certainly be revisiting Joel’s material. Nice one, mate.