Joey Dosik, sophisticated soul

It's hard to believe that the youth on the sleeve of Inside Voice is a kind of reincarnation of Marvin Gaye!

By Marc Zisman | Video of the Day | September 4, 2018

It's impossible not to think of the writer of What’s Going On when you hear Joey Dosik's voice. All the soul music of a Sixties-Seventies golden age seems to be distilled in the passion of this Californian, who packs a fine, slightly gospel, rendition of Bill Withers's Stories into his first album.

This is a record of the old school, which has enjoyed a refined production job. Dosik's music is sophisticated, profound, sexy, intimate and pure. His piano parts, often very sparse, are the perfect counterpoint to his angelic voice. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, an accomplice of Flying Lotus, has arranged all the strings, and Moses Sumney has taken charge of all the beautiful choirs.

A big fan of Carole King, Joey Dosik also proves that he can serve up moving lyrics, as on the poignant Grandma Song. The class of this Inside Voice is such that no-one can quibble with this artist's retro, or even old-fashioned, choices. At 32 years of age, Dosik is looking for the timeless, the eternal and a certain kind of perfection.


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