Having tested the waters with a tour in China and a handful of shows in Kirikiriroa as ‘Umbrellas’, Nicholas Joseph (former frontman for Deer Park) is ready to lose the moniker and stand on his own two feet - taking on his first and middle name with a collection of songs that are stripped back, personal and raw - a far cry from the hazy beat driven soundscapes of his former band Deer Park.
Joseph’s new music is arresting and melodic - taking cues from the likes of Big Thief, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Nick Hakim - often favouring electric guitar over keyboard (his usual weapon of choice).
Nicholas Joseph features Arden Tanner-Dempsey on drums and Kirikiriroa by way of Portland folk musician Brandon De La Cruz on guitar and keyboard.
A debut release is fourthcoming via Te Whanganui-a-Tara based collective Sonorous Circle (home to the likes of Seth Frightening, Kōtiro and Glass Vaults).
With support from Harris & Brandon De La Cruz.
Brandon De La Cruz is a Kirikiriroa by-way-of Portland folk artist whose lyricism is uniquely shaped by his interest in mythology, ceremony and RH Blyth's translations of Japanese haiku.