Vance Joy: “A lot of the songs on this album were inspired by my own experiences”

Vance Joy. Credit: Will Morrissey
(Image credit: Will Morrissey)

It’s no surprise that Vance Joy is one of the most laidback dudes in music – the man’s entire catalogue is tailor-made to be listened to from a hammock on the beach in the middle of summer. So when the pandemic hit, Joy (real name James Keogh) wasn’t too fazed about losing the backbone of his artistry, his penchant for piquant collaborations. After initially wanting to enjoy some well-earned R&R, the Melbourne indie-folkster headed to Zoom, where he and a cohort of co-writers cooked up 12 of his warmest and most wonderful tunes yet. 

Those are compiled into Joy’s third studio album, In Our Own Sweet Time – an album, fittingly, about the concept of timelessness. As Joy said in announcing it: “I’m always drawn to the idea of timelessness or that shared moment that takes you out of the chaos outside. If the world is crazy, you can retreat somewhere. It’s always hard to think of the right title but I think that sums up the album perfectly.”

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…