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Josef Salvat


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London, United Kingdom (2013 – present)

Josef Salvat is an Australian London-based singer-songwriter. Salvat has released his debut single “This Life” in March 2013, “Hustler” in June and the new track “Every Night” on October 28, for his birthday.

Josef Salvat could be this year’s Gotye. Sorry for giving the game away at the start and ending with the grand climactic flourish, but that’s who this idiosyncratic Australian singer-songwriter with the affecting voice crooning mellifluously over quirkily rhythmic accompaniment reminds us of. He has come seemingly out of nowhere, but then, that’s the internet for you – it makes stars out of nobodies overnight and overexposes them just as fast. Still, here he is, getting bloggers – and real live people – excited on the strength of just one song. With his debut single, This Life, he is barging his way to the front of the Likeliest Candidates queue with little regard for the other contenders. How rude.

Maybe he should go to court – after all, he studied law, so he could represent himself. We don’t know much else about him apart from that he is working with Rich Cooper, producer of Razorlight and Mystery Jets, his press is handled by the people who look after Adele, Björk and Beyoncé, and he’s something of a celebrity already in the worlds of HypeMachine, Planet Notion and MTV Iggy.

Actually, his press people also look after Lana Del Rey, and one of the more striking early reviews of Salvat posits him as a cross between Morrissey and Ms Del Rey.


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