Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin has just released 'Goodbye', the final single from his upcoming album 'The Ghost And The Wall', out July 23rd via Nettwerk. Premiered this week by Parade Magazine, 'Goodbye' is about the impulse we have to shield ourselves from intimacy and vulnerability. “For most of my adult life, I’ve felt terribly afraid of true intimacy with other people,” Radin tells Parade. “I’ve always kept and continued to build walls up around myself, not letting anyone in. This is something I’ve thought a lot about during the past year and a half, having spent the pandemic alone in my house. ‘Goodbye' is a song I wrote about that feeling; about how I’ve met women in my life who have helped me learn things about myself, but when push comes to shove, I always end up leaving metaphorically before the sunrise.”
Listen to 'Goodbye' here.
Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Conor Oberst, Dawes), the gold-selling singer-songwriter’s ninth studio album explores the walls we build to protect ourselves against sadness and pain, especially this past year. From the lilting vocals of 'Better Life', which details an immigrant's journey, to the folksy picking of 'Make It Easy' about the relentless search for love, Radin wrestles with the sense of longing and alienation that haunted us this year, producing an album during quarantine without ever seeing his producer face-to-face. "It's a theme I'm fixated on," he explains. "I'm trying to heal myself and others in the process."
The album is available to pre-save/pre-order here.
With more than 1-billion streams and 1-million records sold, Radin still views songwriting as a healing force, where acoustic eloquence and dyed-in-the-wool Americana storytelling is capable of soothing the roughest of seas. His earnestness and transparency have earned comparisons to artists like Elliot Smith and Paul Simon, where "poignant, refreshingly frank lyrics" lead to catharsis and eye-opening realizations (Rolling Stone). He's sold out shows on four continents, performed with artists like Ed Sheeran and Sheryl Crow, and earned super-fans like Ellen DeGeneres, who invited him to perform at her wedding.
Radin has affected countless listeners with his palpable transparency, landing north of 150 film, television, and commercial syncs, including being personally handpicked by First Ladies Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for a campaign in support of the troops. He also remains a committed philanthropist, supporting charities like Little Kids Rock and North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), among others.
In the end, Radin finds a way to heal once again on 'The Ghost And The Wall'. “I have to get these songs out of my head, or I’ll go crazy,” he leaves off. “When I’m touring, it’s a symbiotic relationship between me and the audience. I focus on the weaknesses I have, sing about them, and I’m renewed. Hopefully, others feel the same.”
'The Ghost And The Wall' comes out on July 23rd via Nettwerk Records.