X Ambassadors – Joyful (Kidinakorner/Interscope Records) 

X Ambassadors - Joyfu

Release Date: Out Now

I only discovered X Ambassadors at the tail end of 2017 but they are fast becoming one of my favourite new (to me) bands. It’s the fact that they look so unlikely as a band but also that they have a talent for emotionally fuelled soulful music that cuts me to the quick. Latest release ‘Joyful’ is so good that when I first heard it I assumed it to be a cover of an Elton John track that I wasn’t aware of. But it’s not, it’s just that the delicate piano, string section, gorgeous vocal, gospel choir and building arrangement sounds like the output of a seasoned and battle-hardened musician. Oh, and if you’ve never seen an amazing vocalist with a bald head, full beard, gold chains and a sharp step off the mic, strap on a sax and blast out a solo then you need to check out the video. Step forward Mr Sam Harris, you absolute God of a man you.

Live Dates:

13th February – Corona Theatre, Montreal
15th February – The Fillmore, Philadelphia
16th February – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn
18th February – House of Blues, Boston
19th February – 9:30 Club, Washington
22nd February – The Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
23rd February – Soma, San Diego
26th February – The Fillmore, San Francisco
19th March – Brixton Electric, London
20th March – Alhambra, Paris
22nd March – Melkweg Max, Amsterdam
23rd March – Luxor, Cologne
24th March – Gruenspan, Hamburg
26th March – Columbia Theater, Berlin
27th March – Stodola, Warsaw
29th March – Glav Club, Moscow
31st March – Atlas, Kiev
3rd May – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison
9th June – Laurelive, Cleveland
10th June - Laurelive, Cleveland

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