Track Review: High Go Down // Joshua Martin
Using a combination of physical instruments, computer instruments and stock sounds, singer-songwriter Joshua Martin brings unique music to the masses. Heavily influenced by the sounds of the 80s new wave and pop era, Joshua’s sound has a nostalgic flair; however, his love for bands like No Doubt adds a leaning toward the 90s. Featured on Voyage LA, performing showcases, and featuring on TV spots at events like the Cannes Festival, Joshua Martin is reaching audiences on an international scale. The latest addition to his discography is the single ‘High Go Down’.
Recorded in Riverside, California and produced by Tokota in the UK and Indonesia, ‘High Go Down’ is a throwback to the 80s. Following his commercial pop song ‘Quiero Tenerte Pa Mi’, the new single has an upbeat, fast-paced synth-pop sound to it. From the first note, you are tossed into a kaleidoscopic sonic whirlpool heading at a million miles per second – I mean, it is incredibly fast and would easily fit in at any rave or club across the globe.
Unlike his previous song ‘Quiero Tenerte Pa Mi’, ‘High Go Down’ incorporates English lyricism into the powerful melody instead of Spanish. This does not mean it is any less or any more impressive as Joshua expresses himself perfectly in each language. While the melody can hold its own, the lyricism further illustrates Joshua’s innovativeness as an artist. Connecting on an intimate level with audiences (even though he seems to speed past you), ‘High Go Down’ is jovial, intriguing and empowering. He sings of music giving him life with a “whole vibe” taking him back to the joy of the 80s.
Sentimental, sincere and filled with synth-driven sensationalism, Joshua Martin bursts with bright sonic colours in the single ‘High Go Down’.
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