Joe Booley has digitally released his debut album, which collects 8 tracks recorded between January 2015 and November 2016.
Booley is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter based in Hampshire who you might otherwise know as the face behind Beth Shalom Records. After the demise of his high school punk band, he started performing solo and has spent the years since trying to find his signature sound.
Listen to the record in full below:
Although firmly grounded in acoustic territory, some tracks use a vocoder, some use electronic drums, some even feature a full band. Because of this, it's extremely prominent when listening to the aptly titled Transformations in full, that this is the work of an artist experimenting.
Even with the use of different styles between tracks, though, the record flows perfectly. The fact that one song sounds completely different from the last almost aids the charm of the release as a whole.
Luckily, Booley's wind range of influences also firmly place him in line to gain the attention of multiple different audiences, and with the likes of The Japanese House and Julien Baker taking off in such a massive way within the underground scene over the past year, it seems like there's an audience ready and waiting to enjoy this record, and I can't see them being disappointed at all.
With the DIY singer / songwriter genre on the up, the UK's first 2017 admittance to that is Joe Booley's Transformations.
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