Having released their debut single ‘Eclipse’ last year to rapturous fanfare and critical acclaim, London-based duo Joseph Lawrence & The Garden return with new single ‘Celestial,’ out now via AWAL.
Joseph Lawrence & The Garden come together to create music
greater than the sum of their parts. The London-based duo – comprised of
vocalist Joseph Lawrence and instrumentalist Gibbi – combine the free-jazz
ambition of Kendrick Lamar with the soul-inflected ambience of D’Angelo for a
sound that’s both musically complex and bursting with soul.
With Joe’s elegiac, soulful vocals taking
centre-stage, ‘Celestial’ is exactly that. With the gentle strumming of just an
electric guitar, the song takes a subtle turn with the introduction of a jazz-infused
drum beat and haunting, angelic backing vocals. Clocking in at nearly six
minutes, ‘Celestial’ perfectly showcases the musical ambition and complexity of
what Joseph Lawrence & The Garden aim for in their songs.
about the track, Joe states: “Celestial is the acceptance of separation and
the ache of waiting, a nocturnal trip of desire, pain and satisfaction.”
On their working relationship as a duo, Gibbi said: “When
you’re working with artists, it’s very easy to see them get brainwashed. But
Joe never has. And it’s because he’s as stubborn as I am. We both just want to
do this. We don’t want to do anything else.”