Seemingly springing from nowhere at the beginning of 2013, Australian-born, London-based singer/songwriter Josef Salvat ignited blogs with the release of "This Life." Gravitating toward pop after growing up on a diet of classical music and '80s synth pop, while also self-learning to play piano, Salvat originally penned his first song at the age of 13, inspired by the death of his grandmother.
Moving to Barcelona in later life and traveling back and forth to his homeland, Salvat eventually moved to the U.K. to focus on his music career. The release of "This Life" in 2013 was followed by "The Hustler" later that year, which again saw music blogs take note of his bruised and affecting pop style, which recalled the likes of Morrissey
and Lana Del Rey
. In 2014, Salvat signed to Columbia Records
and released his first proper EP, In Your Prime. The EP included a version of "This Life" as well as a cover of Rihanna
's "Diamonds," which reached the U.K. Top 30. His single "The Hustler" was reissued in early 2015 and also appeared on his debut album, Night Swim, later that year. Salvat's 2016 single "Heading Home" was remixed by a number of artists including Poolclvb
, Le Youth, and Nick Talos
. ~ Rich Wilson, Rovi