They say everyone has one novel in them, and Joshua Caole's would certainly have a be a Steinbeckian tale populated by transient characters in need of a little solace. It was actually Paul Auster, another literary figure, who inspired the 'Moon Palace' title of Joshua's first full length release. Not hemmed in by his Cardiff home, his distinct style takes Joshua rambling across wide landscapes in search of his stories of love and despair.
As if to clear the matter up from the off, opener 'Pleased To Have You', sails extremely close to Ryan Adams. Yes, he can sound similar, but it's not as if Joshua is searching for crumbs from Adams's table; augmenting Joshua's voice with guitar, drums, bass and electric guitar, it has impact, and sets the bar high.
'Butterfly' dishes up a patchwork of emotions, and some tasty harmonica, tied to a continuously mesmeric acoustic riff. Then the storm clouds gather for 'Cruel' with the main protagonist taking his own life after committing murder; weighty material told with a dark edge and a strident drum beat. Elsewhere, there's a sizeable amount of young man's musings over descending riffs, but without issue, as all contain enduring hooks and memorable lyrics - 'each day comes with a different face, it's never one with a smile' (Girl Of Your Own Time'). Switching to slow burning piano ballads Joshua proves he's a versatile performer with a persuasive tug in his voice. Track him down.