On ‘Inside Voice,’ Joey Dosik showcases his talent with a fervor not many debuts accomplish, crafting an album that is equal parts timeless and imaginative.
Joey Dosik is not often described as a solitary artist – frequently involving himself in acts and working with artists like Vulfpeck to create a piece of music that both delights and seduces its listener. He’s an inveterate collaborator, to say the least, but when creating solo material Dosik has proven to be an artist to watch. With the release of his Game Winner EP, Dosik unveiled a groovy swagger that boosted his status as a soul-singer to new heights. The trend only continues with the release of his debut album, Inside Voice (out tomorrow, 8/24/2018).
The Los Angeles based artist has a knack for reinventing the old sounds of years past with contemporary twists that heighten those classic melodies to transport them into the present. These ideals shine beautifully on Inside Voice with influences from early ‘70s soul, gospel, funk, and more. At times, it feels as if the album is a journey through time with the mélange of musical styles serving as the map, and not once does Dosik ever find himself lost.
From the first and title track, “Inside Voice,” listeners are greeted to the golden voice of Dosik, giving a great indication of what can be expected as the album progresses. It’s an instantly memorable tune with delightfully charming and silly lyrics and melodies that gave us at Atwood Magazine a reason to sway and groove. Combine that with its music video of lovers defying the odds and a phenomenal album opening is made.
Dosik then begins to throw some variety into the mix with “Stories,” a gospel-infused cover of the Bill Wither’s track of the same name. His Game Winner EP provided glimpses into this style, and having it fully realized with Inside Voice is like a dream coming true. Dosik continues to surprise and delight as the album progresses, but he also throws in emotional anthems into the mix that will shed tears, “Take Mine” being the source.
It’s a powerful track that is filled with drama and a melody that listeners will be hard-pressed not to be left with goosebumps. The emotional tune is only exasperated by the music video. Directed by Taylor Thompson, the video is a time lapse of a woman’s entire life. What begins as nothing more than an elderly woman wandering aimlessly turns into an enthralling journey through the moments in her life whether they be moments of happiness or the moments of loss and sadness. It’s intimate and a terrific visual presentation to the aural splendor already established.
At the halfway point, the emotive tracks take a pause with listeners experiencing one of the most danceable tunes of the year, “Past the Point.” A slow vocal introduction turns into a truly bustling wave of percussion that sets the melody. It’s soon joined by woodwinds, guitar, and so much more with it resulting in the best boogie beat this past decade.
With “Don’t Want It To Be Over,” listeners are treated to a roaring R&B tune that grows and grows as the song progresses. Dosik’s voice pairs expertly with Coco O’s and is reminiscent of the classic Mowtown duets like from Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The video accompanying the track is an absolutely perfect coupling. Director Tim Hendrix has created a scene of two lovers that express their emotions through dance, almost as if it’s a musical with a strong retro vibe.
Towards the album’s close, listeners are introduced to soft ballads, notably the gossamer arranged piano melodies of “Emergency Landing.” It’s slow, it’s sensual, and Dosik carries the track with a powerful and determined vocal performance. The final track harks back to the EP days with a stadium rendition of “Game Winner,” the track that rose quickly and immensely aided in Dosik’s name being seen and heard. Introduced into this remix are a gorgeous set of backup vocals that a have tinge of gospel roots present. Woodwinds join the piano along with percussion to make an already well-established track into something completely new.
Inside Voice is purposeful, every lyric and beat serving to tell the stories of the burgeoning Los Angeles scene in Dosik’s own unique way. Whether he is producing gospel, funk, soul, or R&B tracks, Dosik excels and proves time and time again that his musicality and craftsmanship are top tier. Expectations were set high following the release of the critically acclaimed Game Winner EP, and we at Atwood Magazine believe he exceeded them with a grace and innovation that will be hard to top for artists in the same field.
Inside Voice releases worldwide tomorrow, August 24 via Secretly Canadian.
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