If you take a look at the history of Joywave and the people who have worked on How Do You Feel Now you’d be mad to think it was going to be anything other than great. Having already collaborated on and co-founded the electronic music project ‘Big Data’, releasing Dangerous, Joywave know about chart success – the single peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
Joywave’s vocalist, Daniel Armbruster, produced and engineered this debut offering, while Grammy Award winning Neal Pogue (Nicki Minaj, Pink, Outkast) and Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth) mixed the thing.
The album feels as though you’re on a sonic journey. Travelling at the Speed of Light touches on emotional longing: “Ate my meals alone, I’m not over her/Nine comes ‘round, and so does ten”, while the galactic guitars and soaring vocals compliment Armbruster’s lyricism perfectly.
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The foot stomping Parade is full of force “I can’t let you go/So tell me I’m your dream”, while Somebody New feels oxymoronically gritty/poppy. However, Tongues is the standout track on this LP. There’s wired synths, gurgles and glitches that make it sound like it’s a remix but that’s just how well engineered the tracks are on this album.
You can feel Joywave’s maturity on this album. After five years, two mix tapes, two EPs and numerous appearances (supporting the Killers, Lollapalooza), the New Yorkers have delivered a perfect chunk of electro-pop indie disco.
‘How Do You Feel Now?’ is out now on Culto Music/Hollywood Records.