Just in time for the deadline, I recorded and submitted my entry for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest 2019. Recorded live at my home, here’s a performance of my original song, “Knocking Down My Front Door.” If the video does not embed below, here’s a direct link to watch it on YouTube. https://youtu.be/5AVC9huNZiA
Today, I’m releasing a brand new cover song – “Latch” by Disclosure (featuring Sam Smith).
I tried to reimagine this club hit from Disclosure as something you might enjoy on your favorite acoustic playlist in your living room. A pop song, in its power and simplicity, can often have potential to be interpreted in many different genres. Yet, so often we only get to hear the one version. With this interpretation, I wanted to stretch the song to a place that sounds familiar but feels like something new. Without the bass thumping, there’s a tenderness and a vulnerability to the song. In this version, you’re in on the secret – it’s a love song. Someone so consumed by love that they want to latch onto it and never let it go.
The cover image comes from an photo I captured on Lover’s Bridge in Prague. There were so many locks attached to this bridge, where people from all over the world would come to “lock in their love.” I thought it was a nice fit.
As for the music, my good pal Ty Tuschen played electric guitar on this, including the tasty lead. I sang and played all of the other instruments.
This single is now available everywhere you can consume music – Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, Tidal, iHeart Radio, Pandora, and more.
Back in October – which btw feels like yesterday – I played at the Gallery opening of NonLinearKnitting Studios. This is a really terrific spot in Jersey City. I’m excited with what is happening with art and music in this space! Here’s a video of me performing, Howlin’. Enjoy.
In case you missed it, you can now stream my performance on www.blowupradio.com as part of Banding Together 2018. On Friday, October 19th I traveled to Blow Up Radio’s HQ to perform as part of Banding Together 2018, a benefit for the Spondylitis Association of America.
I had a fantastic time playing for attentive listeners at the opening of the NonLinear Knitting Studio Gallery. If These Walls Could Talk was a celebration of local art and music and it was a pleasure to play.
In the spirit of the show’s name, I covered Tom Petty’s, “Walls No. 3.” Here is a clip of it from Instagram. (BTW, you can follow me on Instagram @joshbicknell.)
I’m excited to be playing as part of The Latest Noise Acoustic Showcase at NonLinear Knitting Studio Gallery Opening this weekend in Jersey City. I’ll be performing solo acoustic from 7-8pm on Saturday, October 6th.
Saturday, October 6th Solo Acoustic
Nonlinear Knitting Studio Gallery Grand Opening
195 New York Ave. 3E.
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Join me on Friday for a solo acoustic performance at Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, NJ. I love playing this spot because it’s a cozy setting where you can actually sit and listen to live music. Imagine that! : ) I’m happy to be joining the Wag and Don Lee for this one!
Friday, August 17th Solo Acoustic Espresso Joe’s
50 West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
7pm The Wag
8pm Josh Bicknell
9pm Don Lee