Martyn Joseph has gone back to the future – and a man he describes as “an amazing doctor of sound” – for his new album. Sanctuary, the Welsh singer-songwriter’s twenty first studio release in a prolific career spanning four decades, finds him reunited with Ben Wisch, the three time Grammy Award-winning producer who helmed 1992’s Being There. When the two originally got together, Joseph had signed to Sony Records and Wisch had masterminded Marc Cohn’s smash hit single, ’Walking In Memphis’. Joseph and Wisch convened at the latter’s house in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where they recorded the guts of Sanctuary with a stellar cast of musicians, including guitarist Kevin Barry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ray LaMontagne), bassist Zev Katz (Jeff Beck, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen) and drummer Ben Whittman (Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash), providing “added vibe and nuance”. His joy in recording Sanctuary is equalled by the joy of listening to the completed work, which musically pools myriad influences and is lyrically contemplative, honest and big-hearted. Sanctuary affirms Joseph’s reputation as the Welsh Springsteen, an amazing live performer, renowned craftsman and guitarist whose songs profoundly articulate the human condition.
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