I feel most people have experienced a situation, where you hear something so mesmerising that you get so caught up in listening that you forget to actually hear what it is?? Confusing no?
So for the last six or so months, I was hearing this tantalisingly haunted melody played on a guitar with beautifully aching vocals on my favourite radio station on a few of their late-night programs (Hey FBI!). I was always so caught up in the emotion and the feels that the music evoked in me that I would, without fail, forget to actually listen out for the presenter to announce the artist. Then about two months ago I was doing my usual late-night internet prowling and live-streaming the radio and lo and behold! They played the track – I attempted to Shazam – no luck. I went to the program listing and clicked on the show’s playlist. Not updated yet. I waited for an update on the track listings. Nothing. The next day after work, I checked again. Hello updated playlist! Cue the Google-machine.
And so, may I present to you the new love of my life – Joe McKee. Formerly of the band Snowman, who called it quits after the release of their 2011 album Absence, McKee himself quit writing. Thankfully that only lasted a year because Burning Boy is my current musical crack. Compared to Snowman who created epic tracks that blew you off your chair thanks to the onslaught of sound and the pure musical genius, McKee’s solo work is more pared back, yet still so layered and textured with hints of Snowman’s more atmospheric sounds mixed in.
Do yourself, and your feels, a serious favour and follow the link to his Soundcloud – fall in love, then purchase the whole album. Until then, watch this amazing clip of McKee performing Lunar Sea live.
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