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Over the past few years, the world of Joost Oskamp (aka Joast) was full of major disappointments. His band broke up, his relationship ended, he had to move in with his parents. Joast’s way of coping was to lock himself up in his parents’ basement with just a guitar and a tape recorder. Oskamp hops on a plane a few months later, armed with a suitcase full of demos and optimism, on his way to LA.

The start of 2009 finds Joast on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, with the right people around him, all ready to make his spark turn into a bonfire. Headed by producer Todd Burke (The Kooks, Belle and Sebastian, Ben Harper), Joost gets the chance to record an album with legendary musicians like drummer Joey Waronker (R.E.M., Beck, Elliot Smith) bass player Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Nine Inch Nails, Air, Macy Gray), guitarist Brad Fernquist (Goo Goo Dolls) and Peter Adams (Tears for Fears) on keys.

You can easily call this an ‘all-star’ band. These talented musicians give Joast enough encouragement and confidence to follow his own path. Don’t be mistaken - Joast might sometimes come across as a comedian, with jokes to match, but under his rogue surface lurks a serious, melancholy man. This comes through well on ‘Transatlantic Hope’, his debut album. Joast’s songs reveal his tale, while at the same time leave enough space open for the listener to draw their own interpretations. Melancholy, yet hopeful.

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