Songwriter Josh Kumra teases more new music from his forthcoming EP, with the timeless single ‘I Dare You’, out now via ferryhouse.
Co-written with Amy Winehouse’s and Professor Green’s collaborator Fink, alongside Brit Awards– winner collaborator Blair MacKichan, ‘I Dare You’ yet again showcases Josh’s soulful-inflected vocals. Backed by a grand piano, skilfully plucked acoustic guitar and gently brushed drums, it enhances Josh’s poetic lyricism and penchant for storytelling immediately drawing the listener’s attention.
Following up on last year’s intimate single ‘Stubborn Love’, the new song is the second offering from Josh’s upcoming EP, ‘Pull Me Back In’, planned for release in April 2020 and available to pre-order now. Both tracks are a testament to Josh’s newly found creative freedom. Mostly recorded and produced by Josh in his own studio, the new body of work is an introspective journey through the emotions and mind of a young artist who found himself “falling short of the grand expectations everyone had of me and had almost lost my love for making music completely”, as he candidly concedes.
Shading further light on the song, Josh explains; “‘I Dare You’ was the first song I wrote after releasing my debut album, it just felt so different to anything I had done before. It touches on the teasing aspect of having a taste of success without feeling completely content”. Having topped the UK charts and performed on ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ before having released his debut album, the talented artist suddenly found himself with a major record deal and under pressure to capitalise on the sudden exposure brought by his collaboration with Wretch 32 on ‘Don’t Go’, the chart-topping single which reached #1 in the UK upon its release.
After the release of his debut album ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Don’t Wait’ and his international headline tour, Josh struggled with the idea of being the pop star people saw in him. The unexpected publicity meant losing the original idea of “writing music from my heart,” he confesses while talking about the vulnerability and sense of loss he felt. He left London for Tetbury, set up his own recording studio and started writing and recording new music in a safe space, one in which he could develop himself first before trying to please everyone else. A completely different creative process compared to “being sent around to hitmakers on a daily basis, baring everything and anything personal to strangers in the hopes of writing a hit song,” recalls Josh on the dark side of the hit-making machine.
‘I Dare You’ is further proof of how convincing Josh Kumra sounds as an introspective, real emotion-driven singer-songwriter.