Today, we are pleased to join forces with the incredible Joshua Moriarty for the first listen at his new material Romantica.
His follow up album to the 2017 debut War Is Over, Romantica is an arousal for the senses, a (mostly) instrumental record comprised of piano, percussion, violins, saxophone, and other classic instruments. The deeply moving and lush arrangements take you on a musical voyage through Hawaii in the 50’s, Italy in the 60’s, Paris in the 70’s, an imaginary soundtrack to a movie from a glamorous and whimsical past. Romantica is Inspired by such compositional luminaries as Henry Mancini, AIR, Ennio Morricone & Les Baxter.
Moriarty says of the album, “I got tired of singing and writing lyrics, there can be so much ego and pressure when writing songs that way, needing to always try and say something profound or to make people pay attention to you and your words and your problems, it felt trite so I decided to write an instrumental album (apart from 1 of the 9 songs which I sing) and let the melodies and chords create the emotional template. It was a very liberating experience making a record this way, removing constraints I didn’t even realise I had placed on myself with my songwriting, thinking what instrument would best suit a melody as opposed to always using my voice.”
Moriarty is an artists inspired by the classics, both contemporary and antiquated. He has been in the music industry for over 15 years and in that time has never stopped writing and performing, usually across multiple projects.
In his life as a frontman he has graced the stages of Coachella, Live-Out Mexico City, Breakfest Colombia, Big Day Out, Groovin’ The Moo, Summadayze and plenty more.
Joshua is also the host of music podcast ‘The Bottom Of It’ and has candidly interviewed Reggie Watts, Queens Of The Stone Age and Mark Mothersbaughfrom DEVOto name just a few.
As a DJ Moriarty has played some of the hippest clubs in LA including The Standard, The Roosevelt, Tenants Of The Treesas well as events in Mexico City, Australia (including Spring Racing Carnival) and numerous Miami Horror DJ slots around the world.
Over the years Moriarty has collaborated and released music with Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), Middle Kids, Dhani Harrison, Kimbra, Chris Cester (Jet) and many other great artists.
Always inspired and consistently writing and releasing music, Moriarty is an artist who will continue long into his twilight years.