Having released their debut single ‘Eclipse’ last year to rapturous fanfare and critical acclaim, London-based duo Joseph Lawrence & The Garden return with new single ‘Celestial,’ out now via AWAL.
Joseph Lawrence & The Garden come together to create music greater than the sum of their parts. The London-based duo – comprised of vocalist Joseph Lawrence and instrumentalist Gibbi – combine the free-jazz ambition of Kendrick Lamar with the soul-inflected ambience of D’Angelo for a sound that’s both musically complex and bursting with soul.
With Joe’s elegiac, soulful vocals taking centre-stage, ‘Celestial’ is exactly that. With the gentle strumming of just an electric guitar, the song takes a subtle turn with the introduction of a jazz-infused drum beat and haunting, angelic backing vocals. Clocking in at nearly six minutes, ‘Celestial’ perfectly showcases the musical ambition and complexity of what Joseph Lawrence & The Garden aim for in their songs.
Speaking about the track, Joe states: “Celestial is the acceptance of separation and the ache of waiting, a nocturnal trip of desire, pain and satisfaction.”
On their working relationship as a duo, Gibbi said: “When you’re working with artists, it’s very easy to see them get brainwashed. But Joe never has. And it’s because he’s as stubborn as I am. We both just want to do this. We don’t want to do anything else.”