When was the last time that you were truly moved by a piece of music; can you remember? I sure can’t. Not really, anyway; it almost feels like a foreign concept. And while it’s true that TikTok and Instagram may be the latest and greatest social media platforms of the day, there’s no denying that they’re both killing music and musical creativity. Everything has become all about the chorus; about cramming as much as you possibly can into that 15 second play gap. The idea of actually “listening” to music is an antiquated notion. Nowadays, the vast majority skip through and pick over tracks as if they were bruised fruit at the grocery store. We (greedily) consume and move on without a second thought. Even the artists themselves seem less and less interested in vying to produce anything even remotely timeless or special. Somewhere along the way, music became a business and stopped being an art form. Thank goodness that we still have Josh Kumra.
Kumra’s latest single ‘I Dare You’, off his most recent EP ‘Pull Me Back In’, is the kind of hauntingly beautiful ballad that makes the tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up. It speaks to the sublime nature of love and its unrelenting perseverance and power; even when standing in the face of almost assured failure. This lyrical descent into the deepest pangs and pitfalls of human desire, speaks of a hard-hearted man, one who’s as of yet uninitiated in the ways of love. In the beginning, he’s practically begging – even daring – someone; anyone to pluck but one solidified heart string. However, it isn’t long before “these four letter words” begin to etch themselves into his soul and mind, thus revealing him as the very fool he once fought so hard to not become.
Kumra’s latest single ‘I Dare You’, off his most recent EP ‘Pull Me Back In’, is the kind of hauntingly beautiful ballad that makes the tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up.
Boasting a voice that would make James Vincent McMorrow weep with envy, coupled with a knack for piano composition comparable to that of the great Philip Glass; it’s clear that Josh Kumra is making an indelible mark on the British music scene. He is single-handedly helping to redefine the term singer/songwriter by pushing the accepted standard of excellence to an unprecedented level of precision and expertise. This is the kind of music that evokes a true emotional experience. If you long to remember that feeling of having a song penetrate your being and ride the FM waves of your heart, look no further than Josh Kumra’s ‘I Dare You’.