Silver lining for shrinking hearts, says Josh Pyke

BUT For All These Shrinking Hearts is the latest release by Sydney singer-songwriter Josh Pyke, who's coming to Lismore this weekend.

The musician launched the album last July, scoring his highest album debut when the release landed at No.2 on the ARIA charts and No.1 on the Australian albums chart.

Joshua Jon Pyke, also known as Josh Pyke, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician.
Joshua Jon Pyke, also known as Josh Pyke, is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. Contributed

Pyke said this latest album offered some of his current view of the world, but with a positive note at the end.

"It's funny, but you don't think of a theme when you are writing the songs. It's only when you put the whole collection together that it all starts to make sense," he said.

"The theme to this album is recognising that things are a certain way and trying to make the best out of them, whatever that situation may be.

"This album has a theme of discontent and disillusionment with the world, but I always want to inject some kind of hope or silver lining as well."

Pyke said Songlines was one of his favourites on the album.

"I co-wrote that song with Marcus Azon from a band called Jinja Safari," he said.

"I invited him for a co-writing session at my studio. We recorded the harmonies but I just sang gibberish instead of real lyrics on the demo.

"I took that gibberish away and listened to it on repeat on my headphones while I was touring Europe.

"I basically translated the gibberish into what I thought it was saying and it became this really poignant song ... and it's based on indigenous culture and passing on knowledge and various other wisdoms through their songs."

Supported nationally by Brisbane buzz act Banff, Pyke is excited to be getting out on the road again.

"The show will be a mix of old songs and new ones," he said. "I am a big believer of playing the songs that everybody really wants to hear.

"With five albums there are so many songs to choose from, but I'm basically going to play eight songs from the new record and the rest will be older ones from my earlier material."



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