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‘Nation of Two’ proves meaningful

Maddy Gleason, Staff Writer

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If you flip on the radio and hear an abundance of ukulele chords and a series of acoustic instruments with an indie-style tune, you can thank Vance Joy.

The Australian singer and songwriter released his new album “Nation of Two” on Feb. 23, four years after his first big album and hit “Dream your life away,” with his debut single “Riptide” released back in 2013 and became a staple to his name.

“Nation of Two” starts with the song “ Call If You Need Me” and ending with “Where We Start”, songs that emphasize the theme of the album perfectly. Throughout those 13 songs,Joy pulls together irresistible and emotive sing alongs that makes it hard not to love.

“I wrote this last year when I was in Malibu,” Joy said in an interview with Australian radio company, Triple J.”I guess it’s about meeting someone really great and not wanting to miss the chance of seeing them again. When I was writing this song, I was traveling from my little Air BnB in Venice Beach to the studio in Malibu and I got to drive my car on this beautiful stretch of coastal highway and I think that drive inspired some of the lyrics.”

“Nation of Two” is very thoughtful and a story unfolds throughout it. Most songs have a central plot, characters and dreamy imagery.

“The phrase ‘Nation of Two’ reminds me about how your world begins and ends whenever you’re with that one person,” Joy said in the same interview.

If you’re into earthy and folky types of artists, then this album will be your jam. Containing the uke-filled anthem “Saturday Sun,” and the alt rock tune “We’re Going Home,” it is sure to satisfy your music taste.

Personally, I enjoy the album’s rawness and how all the songs connect to one another by using storytelling, acoustic instruments and Joy’s vocal talent. Overall, “Nation Of Two” is the outcome of Joy doing what he loves and keeping his earthy style fresh to sing and dance along to, and is the perfect spring anthem.

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