Single Review: Josh Cashman - 'Running'

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Last week, the fiercely anticipated single ‘Running’ from Melbourne lad, Josh Cashman was finally dropped and it’s safe to say it has proven the wait. 

The folky ballad is Cashman’s first single of the year, following his ‘Wait for the Sun’ - EP back in August, 2014. For a country-boy shifting from the small town of Sale to Melbourne’s city to expand his audience he has been riding an epic wave of continuous busking, gigging through Melbourne’s backyards and pubs and even snagging a spot on the Byron Bay Bluesfest busking stage. I was lucky enough to hang out with this cool cat at Bluesfest and the smooth, free spirit that is conveyed through his tunes is an honest, direct reflection of his persona. 

‘Running’ has a very atmospheric, building vibe to it accompanied by the sultry vocals of the multi-instrumentalist. It’s all about one’s journey through the inner turmoils and the optimism of there being a much higher, grander picture at the end. The chorus is a well orchestrated explosion of soul, which towards the end flows into a stripped back segment “Call me crazy / call me wrong / but I won’t stop at nothing ‘cause it’s you I long for / girl you answer all my questions”- this becomes somewhat of a revelation, reaffirming the tinge of lust you got in the track wasn’t completely all in your mind. If Matt Corby, in his busking era, and Mat McHugh of the Beautiful Girls toyed in celestial coitous, their celestial child would be Josh Cashman. 

For all you Victorians, catch Josh Cashman at one of his various shows in support of “Running” or on Melbourne’s street corners. This is a dude to watch and expect astronomical things from.  

Sunday 21st June - Spirit Bar Traralgon
Thursday 2nd July - Shebeen Bandroom, Melbourne
Saturday 4th July - Soundbar, Rosebud 
Sunday 5th July - One Tree Hill, Bendigo 

Written by Alex Medd