Enduranceis finally here. Josiah and the Bonnevilles highly anticipated album dropped today, and it did not disappoint.
I would be lying to you all if I said that I have fully unveiled the power this album holds, but I need it to sit with me for a few days before I have that revelation. However, from initial thoughts after a full listen-through show, this is a remarkable body of work.
The thirteen-track album features singles that he had released leading up to the album and four new tracks for listeners to enjoy. Each single that was released leading up to this held significant power, telling the stories of love, self-forgiveness, and loss, but hearing them all together highlights how much of a full-body project this album is.
“‘Endurance’ the album is out everywhere today. I wrote and recorded it in my bedroom studio in Tennessee.
The recordings on ‘Endurance’ would not exist without having been lost a long way from home. The recordings on ‘Endurance’ would not exist without y’all’s support that allowed me the time and space to create it.”
Josiah Leming, the brains behind Josiah and Bonnevilles, shared when he announced the album that this project features some of his favorite songs he has written to date, and being a fully independent artist allows him to highlight his sound the way he wishes, running the gamut of human emotions.
“It is about the endurance of family, of love, of pain, and above all the, endurance of hope.”
From tracks like “Just One Break” that offer listeners a message of hope to “Basic Channels” that highlight the simplicity of being so in love you need each other, the album touches on all the emotions Josiah described.
Out of the new tracks that we got on the album, “Kentucky Flood” is an early favorite. The acoustic track offers up a killer harmonica riff, and the melancholy lyrics draw you in. The devastating floods inspired the song in Kentucky and draws parallels between the rain and the tears when you lose someone you love.
“‘Kentucky Flood’. I started writing this song the day I heard the news that floods were devastating the region of Eastern Kentucky. The first report I heard tallied 29 people missing and stated that more rain was on the way.
The numbers eventually grew much higher, with hundreds unaccounted for. Something about the way those words all came out one after the other hit me pretty hard. This area so closely resembles the one I grew up in. I have seen in my life some people who have been dealt nothing but losing cards over and over again.”
Each track on this album was written with so much intention, and it is so apparent through and through. If you listen to the album from top to bottom, it tells a perfectly well-rounded story. Put in your AirPods today and blast this instead of your routine playlist or podcast; it’s a top-tier listen.