Moon Palace is the first full album from Joshua Caole. Released on Bullo Pill Recordings, much of the material accumulated during the long hours spent constantly touring across 2011 with a large part of the songs penned on long drives or after late nights. The recording itself finally took place in Cardiff in January 2012 with producer Llion Robertson (Gentle Good, Eugene Francis Jr), with whom Joshua previously worked with on Joshua 2010 EP Slow Hearts. To release the album, Joshua went on a full UK tour supporting Christiaan Webb throughout April which took him to his favourite cities to play in.
Caole’s music evokes the American songwriting greats like Gram Parsons yet simultaneously tiptoes along the lines of alt rock, post punk and folkier climbs. What binds these disparate influences together and makes Caole’s music distinctive is his rough-with-the-smooth combination of coarse, velvet vocals with clean, beautiful ringwheeling guitar parts. Combining the commanding songwriting of Elliot Smith with the vocal fragility of Bright Eyes; tales of misspent nights and love not quite won makes Moon Palace an impressive, impassioned collection of songs.
So far the album has been received fantastically and Joshua has been championed on BBC Radio Wales by Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn, with regular airplay on BBC Wales and BBC 6 Music secured for Moon Palace as Tom Robinson is also a fan. He has also won a slot to play on the BBC introducing stage at Wychwood festival next weekend.
With freshly pressed copies of Moon Palace under his arm, this summer sees Joshua Caole hitting the road hard touring, a summer of festival appearances and a trip over the English Channel.