Monday 4 March 2019

LISTEN: Joe Hicks - 'Cold'

Happy Monday! Not to wish away the week, but I can't wait for some really exciting new release albums this Friday, with the first of two Foals records to be released this year, as well as debuts from Indoor Pets and Stella Donnelly. For now, I'm enjoying some singles released last week - including this from Joe Hicks, who I first met playing guitar alongside the indescribably talented Adam Barnes at one of my first gigs once I'd moved to the city in 2014. The new track is a lyrically relatable offering, blending influences of pop, blues and folk - the result is glorious.

Joe released his first solo single Best Clothes a couple of years ago now, since which he has been building himself a sizeable online following, receiving support from the likes of BBC Introducing, CLASH and Sofar Sounds, and supporting BRITS Critic's Choice winner Sam Fender in Oxford. New single Cold was recorded at Studio 91 in Joe's hometown of Newbury, with producer Sam Winfield (Amber Run, Fickle Friends) in Autumn 2018. Talking about the track, Joe describes it as being "about self-sabotage. It's about when things are going really well with someone, feeling doubt and fear that it's all going to be too good to true and cave in. A song born out of anxiety and a momentary, irrational need for reassurance."

Like what you're hearing? You can catch Joe live at Sofar Sounds London (13th March), Thousand Island, London (15th), Sofar Sounds Southampton (21st) and Are You Listening? Festival, Reading (27th April).

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