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Having been released earlier this year, ‘Riptide’ isn’t a brand spanking new tune, but given it would have barely been heard around these parts, I thought it would be well worth spotlighting. It’s creator is Vance Joy, a pseudonym for 25 year-old Melbourne singer-songwriter James Keogh.

Talk about a rags to riches story: Just 4 years ago, Keogh was playing state league Australian Rules Football for the Coburg Tigers, hoping to get drafted by an AFL team. Two years later, the young man was working part-time as a gardener while also showcasing his unpolished musical skills at open mic nights around Melbourne. Come 2013, with only a five track EP to his name, Keogh has signed a five album deal with Atlantic Records!

The infectious ‘Riptide’ is undoubtedly the track which got Vance Joy noticed by the label heavyweights. It’s a fantastic little folk-pop song with its charming ukulele & bright harmonies seemingly perfect for any season of the year. Including a chorus that will instantly implant itself in your mind – as well as give you a chuckle in the below video – the song is bound to pop up on a film, tv series or advertisement some time soon. When it does, just remember that you heard it here at SputnikMusic first.





DaveyBoy
05.29.13
It's a rather weird video, but it's also strangely alluring.

FelixCulpa
05.29.13
Pretty sweet summery song you've spotligheted here Davey, I like it. Also the video was pretty great. I quite enjoyed how it was a pretty literal representation of the lyrics. And as someone on the comments it doesn't hurt that emulate the style of Wes Anderson.

DaveyBoy
05.29.13
I think it's fair to state that the video is extremely literal... Plus, I'm scared of dentists as well... Especially what they do to my wallet.

Omaha
05.30.13
Wow, what a great song. Glad you shared this, Davey-- and I rarely get into this kind of music, too.

Gotta say, though, don't like the music video. I'm never a fan of really literal music videos, I guess I like ambiguity.

DaveyBoy
05.31.13
No probs Omaha. I also find this sort of stuff hit & miss, but this track won't leave my head. The 5 track EP is pretty strong too, although nothing is as good as this song.

The video is so literal that it's almost pointless calling it literal. It's practically a spoof.

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