Song of the week – Riptide



Riptide – Vance Joy

I am in serious prep mode as the countdown to Glastonbury really sets in. I’ve been dedicating special listening hours, buying all the latest albums, studying the timetable and trying to decide which acts come first. While the calibre of acts playing the festival is unreal, (it is the best music festival in the world after all) I keep coming back to listen to Aussie musician Vance Joy. This guy stands up against the biggest names of the lot when it comes to talent and Riptide, the song that got him noticed, shows exactly why he does.

The folky tune from the Melbourne singer-songwriter was released as the first single off his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing in March 2013. Riptide was was voted number 1 on the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100 and went triple platinum. I wasn’t surprised because it’s a ripper of a tune and a particularly good song for summer. I can envision the Glasto crowds now dancing around happily in the sunshine as Joy brings this song to life on stage. 

A simple, yet catchy guitar strum is the basis for the song, it’s brought to life with a great drum beat which makes it impossible not to tap your feet. Then comes Joy’s voice. One word: swoon. It’s charming with a country twang, ticking the box for the alternative sounding vocals we all look forward to hearing in a new artist. Joy sings with enthusiasm in Riptide, he shows off a great range of notes, knows when to sing softly and when to crank his deeper grunt and he’s an expert at complimenting his quirky and clever lyrics with a perfectly timed ‘ooooooooh’. 

“I can’t have it, I can’t have it any other way
I swear she’s destined for the screen
Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen, oh.”

I can’t wait to see this talented guy from down under rip it up on the Glastonbury stage. Check him out!

(ps. the music video is also great, see below)