Living & Dying
Abbotsford-bred Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop has had enough of mankind’s harmful impact on the natural world. On the title track of his latest EP, Living & Dying, he is unsure if change will come, and utlizes his dulcet voice, plucked banjo, and talented folk comrades to drive his message home. “On a deeper level, it deals with our unwillingness to be involved in making changes or finding a solution, despite how frequently we talk about it,” he explained in a press release. It’s a rousing effort reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens or the Great Lake Swimmers, and reveals a maturation in his songwriting since his 2012 full-length, Where the Mountain Meets the Valley. Other tracks on his EP include two stunning, previously unreleased originals, “How You’ve Been” and “World Spins Madly On”, a live version of earlier cut “Hallelujah” (not the Leonard Cohen track), and a live version of “Living & Dying”.