Hydromag is the solo project of Canterbury based artist Josh Best-Shaw. A multi-instrumentalist who has managed to capture the essence of a simple bedroom recording into something astounding, ultimately creating an EP that doesn’t fail to make all your senses tingle. The four track EP ‘Sweet Obsession’ was released last month and has already achieved huge success with fans and industry professionals alike.
The title track opens up the EP with beautiful piano blending into a chorus filled with dreamy synths and angelic vocals. The psychedelic feel brings a new lease of life to this genre and continues throughout the album, making each track stick in your head for hours on end.
Next up is ‘Let It Out’, set to be a firm favourite with fans. Opening up it feels it could be the start of a Temper Trap song with the atmospheric riffs, but soon leads into pure Hyrdromag. Given that he has only just released this EP, Josh has already formed his own sound. His stunning vocals intertwined with outstanding synths create the ultimate backdrop for each one of his tracks.
Lead single ‘I Need To Know’ has already had huge success with plays from BBC Introducing and Radio 1. Opening up with enticing synths building to an insanely addictive chorus. Speaking about the track Best-Shaw said; “A few months ago, I locked myself in my bedroom after the end of a relationship. I didn’t know what to do with myself apart from write some songs about it. Part of me wanted to write on behalf of everyone who had ever felt as I was feeling, so although lyrically the songs are about my experience, I like to think they are relatable.”
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‘Primrose Hill’ closes the EP, with a strong bass line and even more fantastic synths, this track really brings the emotion levels up a notch with some heartbreaking lyrics “I gave it all to you”. Overall, ‘Sweet Obsession’ is a beautiful self produced debut EP packed with emotion, creating an immensely powerful atmosphere that will without doubt make for an impressive live set. Speaking of which you can catch Hydromag at The Penny Theatre in Canterbury on the 28th July, trust us, it’s one not to be missed!