Cover art for Rome by Josh PykeRome wasn’t built in a day. A lifetime of living and learning has gone into Josh Pyke’s sixth studio album, his first in five years.

There’s a world-weary tone to the record as well as a search for meaning in uncertain times. “We feel waves of something like nostalgia for all these things we know we’ve never done,” he sighs in Doubting Thomas. And then, “It’s nothing, we are nothing, and yet still we carry on.” But like Ben Lee and Bob Evans, Pyke has a knack for crafting melodies that will lift you out of your malaise, providing comfort and peace. And the album is tinged with optimism, with the Sydney singer declaring, “I know that something good will come around again.”

Rome by Josh Pyke is out Friday August 28 via Wonderlick/Sony.

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