Get lost for once.
I find that I use albums subconsciously as small mental time capsules. An album or a song can take me back to a certain time and place, with certain people, certain feelings. Some good, some bad, some stupid, but I subconsciously do it. For example, when I hear Every Time I Die’s album New Junk Aesthetic I am transported back to laying on my futon in my dorm room my freshman year. Heck, I even remember a text message I sent while I was listening to it. It’s not really a memory that I value or cherish but I still remember it anyways. I’m sure I am not the only one that does this, and it’s a blessing with a curse, as some songs can be ruined as well. Luckily, this album is nothing but good visions.
So I started to pick up on this trend and I started to intentionally denote memories to certain albums and songs. So when I listen to an album I can be taken back to a time of my choosing, not just what my brain compartmentalizes for me on its own. And it’s an incredible feeling to know exactly when you are making those memories while you are listening to something. This album is another video sequence in my brain. Another PowerPoint slide in the soundtrack presentation of my life. No Joy found a sound on their newest record, More Faithful, that portrays a time and a moment in my life, just like many albums before it.
No Joy uses equal parts dream pop, shoegaze, and noise rock to make, for lack of a better word, a beautiful record. No Joy is fronted by two women, trading vocals back and forth, creating an ethereal, smoke filled, dreamy, trance like atmosphere that is broken up with noisy guitars, thumping drums and light and clean guitars as well. It’s hard to describe their sound, but just imagine The Smashing Pumpkins, Wavves, and My Bloody Valentine having a baby and then that kid grew up to listen to Best Coast.
But don’t let the big words and the obscure band references deter you. When all of the rough comparisons and vague descriptions of sound fall by the wayside, it’s an album that is just as beautiful as it is raw, just as dreamy as it is awake. Get lost in it, I promise it’s worth the trip.
by Andy Wilcox (@wilco204)