24-year-old born and raised Londoner Joviale. She taught herself to play the guitar, began to upload demos to Soundcloud and two years later decided she was ready to play her first show - a gig at Bermondsey’s DIY Space which she set up, paid for and organised all on her own. It put her on the map immediately and she found herself navigating meetings with major label executives while working 40 hours a week at her waitressing job.
Joviale’s music paints landscapes and worlds: lovers on sinking boats, birds of paradise, the whispering and wailing of sirens luring people towards danger. On her Crisis EP, produced by Bullion (Laura Groves, Westerman, Sampha) and being released on Blue Flowers (Nilufer Yanya, Westerman, Puma Blue), she uses her unique talent for musical storytelling to address and soothe the myriad crises - “identity crisis, personal crisis, financial crisis” - that life in your 20s seems to consist of.
Opening track Struggle Cuddle is inspired by the duality of the sea, with anxious synths adding an element of tenseness to the playful, nursery rhyme-like rhythm. Ride Away deals with the “excitement and discomfort of risk-taking,” while Dream Boat was birthed from a space between a lucid dream and a movie watched in bed and sees Joviale meditating on what happens when a smooth-sailing relationship drifts off course and has to navigate choppier waters. Final track Taste Of The Heavens is the exhale and the release at the end of the journey. For fans of Jeff Buckley, Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse.