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Joy

Shallows

Shrimper
CD $12.00

10/09/2015 759718118124 

SHR 181 


FLAC $11.99

10/09/2015 759718118124 

 


MP3 $9.90

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Joy is Dan Madri and Matt Savage, who have played music off and on together since 7th grade or so. Their 2002 self-titled Shrimper debut put a subtly eccentric spin on the bedroom folk template. Subsequent recordings Hatred & Grief, Devil’s Blues and Sailing Days saw the band expanding its lineup (Ariel Rabinovic on electric guitar, Matt Dodge on drums) and refining its production value—but never at the expense of the simplicity or off-kilter pop sensibility of its songwriting. On Shallows, Joy’s third release for Shrimper, the spotlight returns to the core duo. The record is a patchwork of new recordings and older, unreleased material dating as far back as the turn of the millennium. Each of the fourteen tracks brings its own character and fidelity to the table—though at roughly 30 minutes long, Shallows never feels disjointed.  Though ten years separate the record from the band’s last output, it feels like a logical extension of the catalog. Joy will be playing a small run of shows—its first in nearly a decade—to coincide with the Shallows release.  “Not since Thanksgiving’s Welcome/Nowhere—I haven’t heard the calling to lock myself in a motionless & darkened room to absorb an album. Along comes Devil’s Blues from Joy…” —pissyeller.org  “Joy’s eponymous debut on the legendary Shrimper Records harks back to the homemade shamble and jangle of the label’s cassette-heavy heyday a decade ago.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

Tracklist

  1. #1 Distortion

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  2. #2 Oh, Emily

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  3. #3 Big Valley

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  4. #4 Three, At Least

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  5. #5 Seeing Skulls

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  6. #6 The Stars Over Somerville

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  7. #7 Defiance

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  8. #8 Bold Love

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  9. #9 Our Shadows Anchor Us To The Earth

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  10. #10 Seawater Kisses

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  11. #11 Untitled 4

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  12. #12 Reef & Wreck

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  13. #13 Swum

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  14. #14 Sea Life

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