WANDERLUST (2018) & TRANSITIONS (2016)


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WANDERLUST (2018)

Wanderlust is Joe Eglash's fifth solo album, and second in a row (along with 2016's Transitions) to offer a strong theme: in this case, wanderlust, contentedness, and the pursuit of happiness. This is real music of human imperfection, for those living with their eyes open, dealing with all of our common trials—fighting the waves away.

Wanderlust has the potential to change you; to give you that muscle memory of a time in your life when you discover a great album.

 
 

FULL OF WANDERLUST

Remember when a great album marked a time in your life and the sound of those songs stayed with you forever? Joe Eglash's new album, Wanderlust, might be that album. Open your mind and arms and let its songs in.

Got to keep moving, movement is soothing... And so, on this, Joe Eglash's fifth self-contained solo album (completely performed, arranged, produced, recorded, and mixed by Joe), the continuing journey and growth of his songwriting and production have come far yet again. Pristine, clear Jeff Lynne-inspired production mixes with impeccable songwriting and performances showing the range and restraint of a pro.

Wanderlust opens with the Petty-Wilburys-Harrison-Springsteen-ELO-esque groove of Every Day I Wake Up, containing deceivingly-complex themes of aging and shpilkes. The anthemic head-bobber Everything Is Clear shows off Joe's Mayfield-McCartney falsetto conveying some of the heaviest themes of any Eglash tune to date. Power pop daydreams like Gotta WonderWhat Can I Do, or the title track are caught somewhere between Sgt. PepperLive at Budokan and, as a close musician friend of Joe's said, "lost tracks from the never-made third Jellyfish album."

Everything on Joe's album is played live, with his own hands—no samples, loops, or chicanery of any sort—just musicianship. Instruments like the Turkish baglama, octave mandolin, or lap steel guitar sound real because Joe actually plays them on songs like the last-minute addition Buy You a Rose, Celtic-inspired Father and Mother, and prog-rock slick album-closer Feels Like Being LovedFighting the Waves Away, the end of the first 'side' of the album, is an elegiac statement of human failure, love, fear, and dealing with heavy emotion, with a jazzy funk groove. Rockers borne of Cheap Trick, the Kinks, and the Stones contain, upon repeated listening, many layers of musical and lyrical depth and uncommon sensitivity.

Wanderlust feels like an aural-emotional home; real music of human imperfection for those living with their with eyes open, dealing with all of our common trials, and fighting the waves away.

 
 
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Wanderlust

by Joe Eglash
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TRANSITIONS (2016)

Transitions has the feel of a double vinyl album: Depth, variation – timelessness. Joe Eglash's fourth and longest solo album, it is the work of a lifetime in music; every word and every note, all of which Joe plays himself, has 10,000 hours behind it.

 
 

ART IS THE BEST THERAPY.

The liner notes say, "TRANSITIONS is living proof that art is the best therapy."

In this, Joe Eglash's fourth solo album, there is a common thematic thread running through all 16 songs: The transitions we all experience in our lives. The highs, the lows; the refreshing, the forced; the necessary ones.

He continues, "Suffice it to say that for humans, transitions are damn tough. Yet it's the transitions that are the hardest but deepest part of life."

In the lush musical atmosphere of this album, Joe continues his prowess as a one-man-band, playing all instruments and singing and writing everything. The influences, as always, run the gamut: From the opening track, the precise and catchy "We All Stay the Same" (reflecting Jeff Lynne/Traveling Wilburys-style production), to the closer, a Rush-meets-XTC-meets-Kinks rocker called "All Our Time Is Nearly Gone", Eglash's groove boasts loose precision and his songwriting is unforgettable.

Brave, deeply emotional musical and lyrical statements appear alongside love letters to friends, family, and to mysterious figures we all can recognize in our own lives. TRANSITIONS is Joe Eglash's longest album, but is crafted like a well-written novel, holding your attention closely from beginning to end.

Adding to a catalog of strong and impactful music, these evocative tunes, when dug into, offer the listener a chance to succumb to an album that may change you, and create a new transition in your life.

 
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Transitions

by Joe Eglash