Headed by producer Todd Burke (The Kooks, Belle and Sebastian, Ben Harper), Joost gets the chance to record an album with legendary musicians like drummer Joey Waronker (R.E.M., Beck, Elliot Smith) bass player Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails, Air, Macy Gray), guitarist Brad Fernquist (Goo Goo Dolls) and Peter Adams (Tears for Fears) on keys. You can easily call this an ‘all-star’ band. These talented musicians give Joast enough encouragement and confidence to follow his own path. Don’t be mistaken - Joast might sometimes come across as a comedian, with jokes to match, but under his rogue surface lurks a serious, melancholy man. This comes through well on ‘Transatlantic Hope’, his debut album.
Joast’s songs reveal his tale, while at the same time leave enough space open for the listener to draw their own interpretations. Melancholy, yet hopeful. ‘Transatlantic Hope’ opens with the obvious single ‘Now You See’, a personal vendetta on his past. Not negative or preachy, but a positive conclusion from a talented songwriter who is able to leave behind everything he’s been struggling with. At least, most of it.
The other part of the dream is expressing the songs on the album as beautifully as possible. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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