Josh Richard may be a new face in the indie world but he has spent half his life crafting intuitive, out-there pop music. As a self-taught musician with a laundry list of instruments to his name, he has made a career out of excavating diverse genres and innovating the 3 minute single like a mad scientist in a laboratory. Lyrically, Richard operates on a level deeply rooted in human emotion and his wordplay exhibits a desire to create context on his own terms. The 60s British psychedelia and searing fuzz-rock influences found on Richard’s new album find him with one foot in tradition and the other firmly planted in evolution.
Released in September 2017, “Cities & States” is a massive work of art displaying the breadth of Richard's palette, matched only by the imagination and prowess of Andy Bickerton’s drumming. Meticulously engineered and heavy in all the right places, the songs serve as a catharsis for his past troubles like a turbulent sea producing a smooth stone. Borrowing from pop, jazz, rock, folk, soul, Motown, and hip-hop, the music reveals a palpable necessity for expression, and an even greater need for exploring the far corners of an endless musical landscape.
Location: Atlantic Ocean, Salem, Massachusetts