Josh Pyke | "Rome"
A four-time ARIA Award winner, Josh Pyke has established himself as one of Australia’s most respected and beloved artists, with five acclaimed top-ten albums and countless sold-out tours under his belt across Australia, the United Kingdom and the US.
The chart-topping album (#1 on the ARIA Australian Artist Album Charts) is introspective, contemplative and captures Pyke’s unique approach to storytelling and signature melodies and harmonies. The saying “All roads lead to Rome” became especially poignant to Pyke following the release of his last LP For All These Shrinking Hearts 5 years ago, as he explains, “We can’t escape who we are, and unless we face it and evolve, we risk becoming ruined civilisations”. “Rome” touches on themes of loss, love, acceptance, doubt, anxiety, growth and what “home” is, a topical subject that will resonate with fans given the difficult circumstances brought on by the current pandemic.
Pyke says of releasing the record during the global crisis, “To say that it’s been challenging releasing music during COVID is a big understatement. Not just because of the difficulties we’re all facing just being a day to day human being during this, not just because of the very real difficulties the music industry faces during this time, but also because as an artist, I’m in love with the art that I create, I think Rome is my best work, and I want it to flourish, to have a life of its own, and to reach as many people as possible.”
“It is the best album Josh Pyke has produced to date, and it strikes a chord of hope for us all in a time of crumbling empire that deserves as wide an audience as possible."
Ken Grady, The Upside News
"…Pyke has a knack for crafting melodies that take you out of your malaise, providing comfort and peace."
Jeff Jenkins, Stack Magazine
"...it is up there with his finest work” Cameron Adams, Herald Sun
"Josh Pyke’s songs shine with melodic beauty and lyrical ingenuity"
Andrew McMillen, The Australian