Entering the scene earlier this year with his debut 116, Josh King returns with second single Back Out Again. Continuing his theme of making songs equally as heartbreaking as they are danceable, the new single combines catchy hooks, modern production techniques, sparkly guitars and narrative songwriting to solidify King’s name as one of the most exciting upcoming local acts in the pop scene. Produced and co-written by Jared Adlam (Aquila Young, Jackson James Smith) and mastered by Paul Blakey (Amy Shark, Casey Barnes), the track likens the work of Lauv, Maggie Rogers and The 1975.
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“I remember dark rooms,
Holding hands, sparks flew,
Now you say that you don’t love me,
But I can’t believe you”
Begins the heartbreaking ballad, setting the tone for the narrative of the rest of the track- the sense of denial felt during a deteriorating relationship. “Now I miss you even when we’re in the same room, cause we don’t know each other like we used to” he pleads at the start of each chorus, allowing the song to reach its emotional peak every time this line hits.
“Back Out Again is one of those sad songs that dresses itself up as something more. I tried to capture a real sense of nostalgia in the lyrics, and really tried to establish a theme of “how could this be over just like that?” It tells the story of a relationship where you’re all in, and you just can’t ever be sure if the other person truly is, and when it’s eventually over, it’s like they’re just backing out again. The line, “Was I just a thought in your head, making my way in, and back out again” refers to never really being sure what you meant to that person. Even though that’s some pretty heavy subject matter, I hope that the upbeat chorus and vocal hook have you dancing around your living room singing along – also guitar solos are back in pop!” Says Josh on the track.
Described as having music with a “spellbinding concoction of indie and synth pop” by Happy Mag, Josh King may be new to the scene, but he’s already making waves. Spending the last 5 years working on his musicianship and finding his sound, including a songwriting trip to Nashville and a Bachelor’s Degree in Popular Music through Griffith University’s prestigious Queensland Conservatorium, King comes to the scene with a mix of diverse influences to create a unique brand of new-age pop. With a knack for songs that make you want to dance and cry at the same-time, 2020 is set to be Josh King’s year with an onslaught of releases up his belt ready to share with the world.
Listen to Back Out Again HERE