Jolé Shares Poignant Single “Flightless Bird”

February 2, 2024 BY Emma Orland

UK-based singer-songwriter and musician Jolé is back today with a new single titled ‘Flightless Bird’, a simple yet deeply poignant track about becoming a father.

“It was written in the lead-up to becoming a dad”, Jolé explained. “It’s a letter to my future child saying no matter what happens I will do my best.”

Listen/Share: ‘Flightless Bird’:

 Flightless Bird’ is the second track to be taken from his upcoming new EP due out this summer. Listen to the previously released single ‘All My Friends’, a track about going back to your roots, leaving your past life whilst having feelings of trepidation about the process.

For any promo enquiries, please contact Ken Li @ Nettwerk. 

About Jolé:

Raised in Frome, Somerset, Jolé (real name Josh Oliver) was instinctively drawn to music from a young age, an urge to collaborate led him to join a band, finding nationwide success before touring took them across Europe, and beyond. Once he’d been given his first taste, however, it was impossible to give up. “I’ve always loved writing music,” he reflects. “And as I got deeper and deeper into it, it became all I knew… and all I ever wanted to know.”

Eventually, the band splintered, and the songwriter found himself on the south coast. “I came out of it all just wanting to make my own music,” he asserts. “I wanted full creative control over everything, so I just started writing and recording my own material. One thing led to another, and that led to my debut album. Nothing was planned, it was just a natural progression.”

His 2019 self-titled debut achieved extraordinary success, its succinct simplicity conjuring visions of Bon Iver or Sufjan Stevens, while adding something unique, and definitely English. Recorded during downtime at Eastbourne’s Echo Zoo studio with a friend at the controls, the experience became invaluable; it made his name, for one, and it allowed him to learn the art of the studio by watching other people.

His daring latest EP Let Go, released last May 2023 on Nettwerk, was his first major project in almost three years, it’s a wonderful song cycle, featuring seven glorious tracks of folk-hewn songwriting such as the title track and ‘This City’. Baroque yet utterly direct, the material deals with loss, grief, and survival, as Jolé learned to re-assert his sense of self in the wake of fatherhood.