Co-written with Michele Stodart of The Magic Numbers, ‘In Trouble’ is the best example for Joel Sarakula’s unique, and honest approach to making music. It’s a whirlwind of up-tempo 70s-styled soul replete with horn section trying to make sense of today's world. From the first words of 'Down on the street where the picket lines meet they pretend they're free' to the chorus hook of “Can we slow this down? Now that we're In Trouble”, it provokes more questions than it answers.
Joel Sarakula is an AUS/UK artist who writes, produces and sings Soulful Pop, gazing out at his 60's and 70's tinged world through vintage glasses... imagine Ray Manzarek fronting a 70's soul band. Born in Sydney and now based in London, he has racked up generous plays across BBC Radio 2, BBC 6, BBC London, Radio X and has been play-listed nationally in Europe. He is a regular fixture on the festival and club circuit in the UK, Europe including appearances at SXSW, Primavera, The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Scala London, Tallinn Music Week, V-ROX and Reeperbahn.
Sarakula is a songwriter who has travelled the world in search of his muse, experiencing everything from being a victim of Caribbean carjackings to performing in the remote fishing villages of Norway, via the dive bars of Europe and the US. It was the hodge-podge musical tapestry of England’s capital that finally drew him to a settling point, in the wake of seemingly never ending run of shows. With personal tastes that span from the more avant-garde to soul and pop greats like Sly Stone, Todd Rundgren and Hall and Oates, there are clear nods to contemporaries like Unkown Mortal Orchestra, Erlend ﾘye and Toro Y Moi in terms of ambition and style.
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