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Interview: Singer-songwriter Vance Joy talks about new EP

Singer-songwriter Vance Joy
Singer-songwriter Vance Joy
Courtesy of Atlantic Records

On March 14, singer-songwriter and Atlantic Records artist Vance Joy chatted via telephone with Examiner about his newest EP "God Loves You When You're Dancing."

Regarding the song selection process for his new EP, he stated, "It was easy. They were the best 5 songs I had."

He selected "Emmylou," as well as the closing track "From Afar" and "Riptide" as his favorite recordings from his latest EP.

Joy described "Riptide" as a "colorful" song. "I wrote the first two lines of in 2008 and then returned to in 2012," he said. "I think it surfaced when it wanted to be written and made complete. It was like a jigsaw puzzle. I felt good about it when it came together. The melody was one that made it easy for me to put words over. It was like an artifact that I dug out of the ground. It was just waiting to be unsurfaced."

He shared that his music is folk with elements of pop. "I'm a folk singer-songwriter. I am pretty poppy though," he admitted.

On his plans for the future, he revealed, "I want to get through this year of touring and read books and buy little keepsakes from nice places along the way. To keep chipping away. I want to see the new Wes Anderson film. It looks bloody good. Ralph Fiennes and Edward Norton are among my favorite actors."

For more information on singer and songwriter Vance Joy, visit his website.

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