By way of familial candor and visceral vulnerability, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Joseph LeMay shares personal trials, tribulations, and triumphs under the moniker SONTALK. Throughout his burgeoning career, the artist had attracted a fervent following and critical acclaim on the 2014 solo offering, Seventeen Acres, released under his legal name. In the years since, the music transformed into a blend of delicate dissonance, distorted slide guitar transmissions, sequenced beats, vinyl samples and warm electronics, culminating in the April debut of SONTALK: Act I EP on Sony Music Masterworks. Initially meant as an introduction to his full-length debut, the EP’s lead single “I Am a War Machine” garnered praise right out of the gate as Stereogum claimed, “LeMay sounds vulnerable, but the sunny thumping instrumentation delivers enough momentum to aid in a kind of soul-saving atonement.”As he took the project on the road, the track generated over a million streams within a few months. The conversation has just begun.
Videos & Press
[Billboard] By Gary Graff Because the subject of mental illness is so much a part of SONTALK’s world, SONTALK (aka Joseph LeMay) was extremely careful what he wanted to do, visually, for “The One Who Breaks Your Heart” from his debut album, Stay Wild. And the video, premiering exclusively below, manages to convey a sober and bracing viewpoint […]
From Stay Wild, the forthcoming full-length from the indie folk rock project Consequence of Sound BY BEN KAYE Origins is a recurring new music feature in which we ask musicians to share the influences that led to their most recent song. Acknowledging the truth of a dark situation is the only way to bring back in the […]
[Stereogum] By Gil Green Channeling a War On Drugs vibe with enveloping soft-rock warmth, SONTALK is the current project of rocker Joseph LeMay, previously known for his 2014 solo Americana album Seventeen Acres. LeMay’s new single “I Am A War Machine” — off SONTALK’s three-song debut release Act I, out Friday — is an emotionally […]