Vance Joy

"Nation Of Two"

(Liberation); indie folk

By ​Phil ​Bennett

With provocative and evocative lyrics, entirely sublime melodies and a voice of real distinction, Vance Joy ‘s second album is a spacious, gleaming album of hummable pop.

Comingfour years after his debut, Nation Of Two sees Joy joining up with songwriters Dave Bassett and Dan Wilson and rounding his sound with more varied instrumentation, such as the brass pads that lay the bedrock for We’re Going Home and the military drums of Take Your Time.

And, of course, for those who loved his smash Riptide, his good old ukulele returns to the fore with the achingly beautiful Saturday Sun.

He certainly has a knack for spinning together pop songs that tap straight into the emotional core with delicious understatement and this, coupled with the sweetness of his melodies, casts a considerable spell.

There is a vague theme surrounding these tunes, as they all explore relationships and love but then that accounts for the majority of songs written, so maybe there’s no theme at all, just an instantly likeable selection of heart tuggers and tweakers that flow together effortlessly.

And the best example is the gorgeous Alone With Me with its stark arrangement, tender lyrics (Isn’t it odd, the way we try to tell ourselves we got limits You’re beautiful but you just don’t see it sometimes And I don’t know why) and bittersweet delivery.Lovely stuff indeed.

Vance Joy hasn’t been around for very long and there’s been a few years in between releases, but what he has put out has been an absolute delight and well worth the wait.

Radiant.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.