With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards less than two weeks away and Rdio presenting the Best Independent Single or EP Award, we thought it best to take you through the illustrious nominees.
The affable Australian indie folk singer/songwriter began his career playing the Melbourne open-mike scene at the end of the 2000s while completing a law degree. Finding success with his intimate Bon Iver-influenced songs, he decided to put law on hold and pursue a music career instead. Born James Keogh, the singer took the name Vance Joy from a character in Peter Carey's novel Bliss.
His debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing contained the anthemic folk-pop single 'Riptide' which earned him the top spot in the Triple J Hottest 100, a record-breaking run in the Top 100 ARIA singles chart, the grand prize at the International Songwriting Competition and an MTV VMA nomination. Following a ton of international touring with the likes of Taylor Swift, he released his first album Dream Your Life Away.
'Fire & The Flood' is in keeping with Vance's vibe - indie-acoustic sound, frank lyrics, emotive storytelling and sincere delivery, accompanied by horns, heart-pumping percussion and subtle vocal harmonies.