The new single is a beautifully haunting piece of dark alt-folk/Americana addressing mental health. The song features the breath-taking vocals of Josh pairing with spine-tingling harmonies alongside lush string and brass sections. The expansive yet intimate sound is reminiscent of the songwriting work of Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen.
Regarding the new song Josh says, “Weight is the most black and white thing I’ve ever written. It’s a stark survey of the end of love and my mental health – the bits no one wants to talk about. I’m not the best at talking about that stuff, but so many people struggle with the same situations. I think it’s important to have songs that people can relate to, I wouldn’t be half of who I am without the beautiful music of my peers.”
Josh draws inspiration from influences as eclectic as traditional Irish folk music to Nick Cave and he produces deeply emotive tracks that exude the poetic facets of his legendary contemporaries. Having grown up listening to artists such as Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, Josh was drawn to writing deeply moving and easily connectable songs, and by studying the melodic attributes of these luminaries, has developed his beautiful style of song writing.
‘Weight’ is Josh McGovern’s first release of 2018 and he returns after wowing critics last year with his unique and intoxicating voice discovered in his debut single ‘The Devil Below Me’ and the follow up ‘Love Left Lost’.
Now with the release of ‘Weight’, Josh McGovern is set to make even an greater statement this year with his distinctive and intriguing sound.