Joey Gutos releases the infectious new EP Coming Home, a joyous display of vibrant indie-pop soundscapes and catchy melodies. Based in Tempe, Arizona, Joey’s sound encompasses a unique genre-bending approach with layers of acoustics guitars, bright electric guitar lines and subtle electronics, all pulled together by Joey’s charismatic, husky and silky lead vocals. With his vast experience and collaborations with some of Phoenix’s best musicians, Joey has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the music scene.
The EP’s focus track ‘Sand To Snow’ is a prime example of Joey’s work – a captivating blend of swirling melodies, infectious instrumentation, and divine vocal lines. It’s a perfect example of how Joey merges old school songwriting with modern production, paying homage to his influences while creating something fresh and new, like Jack Johnson with some added electronic flair.
Speaking about the single, he says: “Between desert indie-pop and cinematic psychedelia, this romantic tune is for fans of Bahamas, Andrew Bird and Mac Demarco. Celebrated with a release show on Earth Day, the song is a testament to the natural beauty of the Southwest, its vast expanse mirrored in the soaring vocal harmonies and rolling rocks captured by funk inspired drum grooves.
The song began nearly 15 years ago when I was first recording music as a budding teenager. It was all but forgotten for over a decade, but found its way into my world again after a 2-week backpacking trip with my girlfriend across western Europe. The song’s lyrics were born from the diverse cultures, environments and experiences we traversed together and which brought us so much closer together in our relationship.”
Not just a musician, Joey’s also passionate about sustainability, and he’s using his music to make a difference. Joey released his debut single, ‘Everything (That I Need),’ on Arbor Day in 2020, and he pledged to plant a tree for every 1,000 streams the song received. The song is a tribute to his home state of Arizona and was featured in a mini-documentary called “Adventure Lives At Home,” which explores the Arizona Trail.
Joey has also worked with The Arizona Trail Association on multiple projects, including a live stream during the pandemic and an hour-long film produced by Echo Coffee that has yet to be released to the world.
With his new EP, Coming Home Joey Gutos is set to make an impact once again. His unique sound, passion for sustainability, and dedication to his home state of Arizona make him a standout artist in the indie-pop scene.
Listen to the new EP below: