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Shrimper Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Joy is a Boston based two-piece that makes lazy, summery and listing bedroom rock and folk. Their lo-fi sound fits perfectly in the go-it-alone sounds of the Shrimper roster, and their sweet home recordings are full of life experience tales and urges of the emotional and physical varieties. Daniel Madri and Matt Savage have been making music together for many years, and their sense of spare pop structures is reminiscent of the minimal recordings of Sentridoh, Palace and Elliot Smith. At times the arrangements are filled out a bit, like on the drum and piano filled "Pulverized." But the best moments on this collection are the spare ones. "Garden State Parkway" is full of harmonized vocals, acoustic guitars and tri-state summertime rain as Matt sings "The storm gurgled and spat along the Tappan Zee slowing down the traffic heading for New England." The simply strummed "Little Breaths" is another excellent and short moment on the record, simple vocal melodies supported by breathy "ooh's" floating along in the backcourt. The most rockin' moment appears on the final song, "Change and Adapation." Thin drums clash along at a brisk pace and Matt's voice cracks and warbles as he pushes out the words "The tide pools sit for years, hot and spoiled, evidence of some euphoria that receded away." There is clearly an effort and a structure in Joy's minimalist pop. The absence of frills is a good thing here, as any attempts at flourishes would come across as unnecessary and forced. Joy lays low and strikes silver.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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