Thursday, May 26, 2011
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: AMOS JOANNIDES - KEEP WRITING SONGS
What to call it, a re-debut? Anyway, Keep Writing Songs is an E.P., five cuts mostly to showcase his new single, Even Though. That's where the focus is, on a song that will break him, and it is a winner. Joannides has a strong, mellow, attractive voice, sweet enough to put him in the radio-friendly league. He also has that acoustic-jam thing going, an obvious attraction for the Jack Johnson fan base, and he's certainly got that potential. Even Though shows he can come up with a catchy sound, based on what he calls beach rhythm, an acoustic guitar groove with a reggae flavour you can imagine the gang enjoying down at the dunes, beer in one hand, something else smoking in the other. It's good times, infectious, smells like a hit.
The rest of the mini-disc shows a few more sides, including some pretty good jazz chops on Hiding In A Shell. Horns on that track and Even Though suggest there's lots of potential for stretching on a full album. The single is out now, the EP comes out in June, and Amos hits the road now, playing Toronto at Free Times Cafe Thursday June 2nd, and booking dates for the summer exposure season.