Joey Dosik

Inside Voice

Secretly Canadian

Sep 05, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington Bookmark and Share


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With one foot planted in modern pop songwriting messages, and one foot firmly set in the stylings of a retro era, Joey Dosik glides between the old and the new in remarkable fashion. On his debut full-length, Inside Voice, the singer/songwriter and piano virtuoso shares his rich and emotive voice organically, with tracks that range from finger-snapping soul, to gospel, to stripped-down odes to his grandmother.

Dosik rose to prominence in association with funk outfit Vulfpeck, often playing with them onstage and collaborating in the studio. With the release of two solo EPs (2012's Where Do They Come From? and 2016's Game Winner), Dosik plied his trade quietly and out of the spotlight. The latter EP was conceived after Dosik underwent reconstructive ACL surgery, in which the LA-native was confined to his couch with nothing to do but watch basketball, longing to get back to his favorite sport and the creation of his music. This misfortune helped to shake things up for Dosik, as he began to approach songwriting in a more fragmented, restrained way.

Inside Voice, the result of all this work, is at once dialed down in comparison to his past releases. As one would expect from Dosik, the tracklist is primarily piano-driven, with his voice commanding melodies over all other instrumentation. Some tracks are stripped-down and thoughtful, such as the moving "Grandma Song," while other tracks feature catchy hooks, such as the incessant "Past the Point" and the album's title track; the sheer variation of polished tunes is a testament to Dosik's growth as a producer. There are hints of Marvin Gaye on tracks like "Get It Right" and the revamped single, "Game Winner," and it's clear that Dosik is attempting to build on fundamentals he gleaned from his musical influences (Gaye included) and the strength one gains from going backwards to move forward. (www.joeydosik.com)

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