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"It's beautifully done, embellished in places with viola, drums, lap steel and other instruments but never cluttered and always intimate." *****



"Joost is talented guitar picker. His new album, Time Thief, contains instrumentals where he displays his virtuosity and songs where his warm vocal tones shine."
- Norman Records (UK)

"Acoustic folk-rock ballads and solo guitar/instrumental pieces by an "old soul" in a young man's body. The kind of things they attributed to Ryley Walker after he released his first two commercial records.


 "Alles bij elkaar een behoorlijke afwisselende en spannende trip, dat Time Thief. Muzikaal nog wel spannender dan Sacred Revelations. Prachtige plaat wederom dus, het is niet anders."


Het meanderende titelstuk ‘Time Thief’ is vervolgens een oase van rust. Het bewijs dat een inventieve gitaaraanslag en melodie vele malen boeiender is dan de zoveelste drie minuten pop song.
- Indebanvan.nl

"Mooi hoe hij zijn songs instrumentaal en vocaal in elkaar laat overlopen. Boeiend hoe hij ze ambachtelijk bouwt zonder vastliggende patronen en ze toch staan als een huis."

"Time Thief" bevat 11 nummers en neemt je weerom mee op een verrassende trip van fingerpickin' schoonheden die je al luisterend zeker in vervoering zullen brengen.

Het is wel duidelijk dat hij voornamelijk zijn uitstekende gitaarspel en zijn onmiskenbare componeertalent in de schijnwerpers heeft willen plaatsen op dit album.

Joost Dijkema – Time Thief (LP/CD/digital, Twin Dimension Records, 2019)

After the personal redemption and artistic triumph that was Joost Dijkema´s debut album ‘Sacred Revelations’ (2016) he returns with his second solo album ‘Time Thief’. Quite the colourful collection of songs, the dutchman takes you on a slightly different voyage this time around. Still an album close to his heart, Dijkema explores the concept of time in relation to (sudden) loss, failure, anxiety, corrupted memories, love, strength, and the hope and insecurities relating to the near future through meandering and intense guitar explorations, hard hitting ballads, mutated yet groovy bluegrass, and lingering folk-rock. The dense instrumental opening salvo, “We Came Across pt. III” and “Plastic Seawater”, are undeniable and prepare you for the tour de force of the lengthy title song. The album closes with the atmospheric “Galangal Tea with John,” a beautiful calm instrumental in which Joost is accompanied by lap steel guitar wizard John Hekert, where Dijkema plays in an effectively restrained manner. ‘Eite’s Last Journey’ is another peaceful guitar instrumental, and an ode to his uncle who suddenly passed away after an unfortunate bicycle accident. The Finnish Heta Salkolahti is on board again to provide the album with graceful string arrangements and backing vocals.

Joost might have an old soul for his tender age, but he’s currently pushing the boundaries of rootsy fingerstyle guitar with his own singular, super-intense and inspiriting guitar playing. This is grassroots guitar music for the past, present and future. ‘Time Thief’ is available on CD/LP via www.joostdijkema.com. European and worldwide distribution by Clear-Spot. USA distribution by Lion Productions. For digital purchase please go to BANDCAMP