REVIEW: But For All These Shrinking Hearts – Josh Pyke

Jacqui James

JOSH PYKE HAS one of the most distinctive voices in Australian music. Through masterfully poetic lyrics, he immediately puts us at ease. His fifth album should strike a chord with fans, especially those in their thirties. The gorgeous, nostalgia-rich track ‘Be Your Boy’ brings back childhood memories of being besties with the opposite sex, and a smile might creep onto your face when hearing the lyric splitting this drink from the bottle. Then he gently addresses such issues that maybe interrupted as being there for a loved one who is dealing with depression (‘Songlines’) and embracing getting older (‘Hollering Hearts’). Pyke has made a really cruisy but flavoursome album, featuring stellar songwriting and arrangements. Those arrangements range from the strings and chimes of ‘Book of Revelations’ to the acoustic guitar and quiet banjo on ‘Momentary Glow’ to the intense organ in ‘There’s a Line’, maybe symbolising our panicking daily thoughts.


*Originally appeared in The Big Issue #490.

Jacqui James

I'm an Australian author and music journalist from Melbourne. I've had articles and poetry published in several magazines and newspapers since finishing my Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing in 2001. In 2010 Gigs 'n Interviews was born. I launched it with my first big named interview and that was Vanessa Amorosi and then in 2012 I felt unbelievably privileged to interview Ronan Keating. I'm extremely proud of what Gigs 'n Interviews has become as it's seen as a platform for emerging artists and entertainers to be heard.

Looking forward to writing more children's books, I hope to change the wrong perception of children and adults with disabilities as I was born with Severe Cerebral Palsy (like Christy Brown who wrote My Left Foot). People can view my books at

If you would like to know more about myself, please visit

Thanks for dropping by at Gigs 'n Interviews

You may also like...

Leave a Reply