Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity, laboriously trying on different musical styles like a piece of clothing, looking to find what fits. But there are others that emerge fully formed, in full command of their craft, their identity and their music. Mr.870(Joshua Gilmore) fits firmly in the latter category. His new album, Perfect Practice, is a captivating and moving debut that heralds the arrival of a gifted and significant new talent, one whose music feels familiar in the best possible way, while striking out on its own territory.
Recording on his laptop and playing the songs he was writing for his friends, Mr.870 saw their genuinely excited reaction. ?Family and friends heard the songs, and even supported as best they could , my mother surprised me by buying a microphone and a recording console.? Now recording in earnest, Mr.870 was gathering skill as a songwriter, taking his influences, like The Isley Bros, Michael Jackson, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, and Marvin Gaye, and etc.. using them to shape his own style. ?I grew up with a lot of 70?s Bluegrass,? Mr.870 explains, ?My mom never played alot of music all the time. So I found inspiration from school friends and the radio.?
The Perfect Practice