Track of the Day: Josh Pyke “Doubting Thomas” (2020)

A follow-up to his first release in five years (“I Don’t Know”), “Doubting Thomas” is the new one from the reliable Josh Pyke and another strong offering from the veteran Aussie singer-songwriter.

Pyke, in a statement, says the break allowed him to shed some “self-imposed rules” when it comes to songwriting, and that “Doubting Thomas” references the fact that he’s just making music that he wants to make.

“It’s got a weird, long instrumental solo thing in the middle that I would never have done five years ago”, he says, referencing one of the vibrant track’s most eccentric features which demonstrates an openness and sense of experimentation that has only strengthened Pyke’s consistently pleasant style.

The video is just as upbeat and open, darting through the famous mirror maze at the Science Centre Singapore, and including other shots of the Lion City like lively walk throughs Little India and Chinatown.

“I’d been to Singapore with my family in 2018 and had taken my kids to visit the Science Centre,” recalls Pyke on his decision to shoot the video abroad. “Whilst exploring, we came upon the mirror
maze and I thought it’d make the perfect setting.”

The video was shot in Singapore throughout March, during which Pyke describes the atmosphere as “strange and tense” due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We were having our temperatures taken before entering venues, and the streets were eerily quiet”.

Given the current pandemic, Pyke’s tour to support his new music has been reschedule to October of this year.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.