Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters known for his ability to weave intelligent lyrics with warm melodies and quirky song structure.
Pyke is a modern-day storyteller whose unique and evocative use of both words and music places him in a league of his own. July 2013 saw Josh release his fourth studio album The Beginning And The End of Everything , produced by John Castle (The Bamboo's, Washington, The Drones) and recorded at Albert Studios. The album debuted #7 on the ARIA Chart and #4 on the iTunes chart, making this his fourth top ten ARIA album in a row.
With The Australian gushing “Overall there’s a warmth, skill and familiarity in Pyke’s songcraft here that makes The Beginning and the End of Everything his best album so far.” The Beginning And The End Of Everything has already made its mark on critics and fans, receiving Album Of The Week status from The Herald Sun, ABC Dig Radio and The Drum Media
The record explores ideas of desire, death and legacy and for Josh these are the beginning and the end of all decisions made in his life and as with previous albums, a record of a period of time in his life.
Pyke’s breakthrough single was Middle of the Hill, a paean to suburban childhood that struck a chord and catapulted him into the limelight. The track made it to #19 on triple j’s 2005 Hottest 100 countdown and appeared on his debut release, a mini album entitled Feeding The Wolves.
Following Pykes mini-album release, he released his debut album Memories & Dust in 2007 which hit the ARIA chart at #4. The Gold record, hailed a “classic” by The Daily Telegraph and “world-class” by The Age, was acclaimed by critics and fans alike. It took out three ARIA Awards, was nominated for a J Award and yielded the singles Memories & Dust, Lines On Palms, Fed And Watered, Sew My Name and Forever Song.
Its 2008 follow-up was Chimney’s Afire, an album that equaled the success of its predecessor and firmly established Pyke at the forefront of music in Australia. Chimney’s Afire debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart, won an ARIA Award and has also achieved Gold sales. Its singles received airplay across the country, and the guitar boat created for Pyke’s Make You Happy video was broadcast all over the world. After co-producing his debut album with renowned producer Wayne Connolly, Pyke went it alone on Chimney’s Afire, recording and producing the bulk of the album himself.
Following the release of Chimney’s Afire, a lot of changes took place in his life – he started playing in a band again after eight years as a solo artist and he became a father for the first time. Much of the material for Only Sparrows was written before either of these major changes took place, so by the time it came to really thinking about his third record, he felt a little removed from his solo career, and an element of self-doubt began to creep in to his craft. It was then he decided to head to New York to clear his head do some "writing and walking and thinking".
That renewed enthusiasm for songwriting manifested itself on Only Sparrows, an album full to bursting with the sound of an artist who adopted a new approach to not only his music, but life in general.