No, don’t wait. Get this album now.
No Joy (composed mainly of Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd) are an amazing Canadian psych-rock / shoegaze band that has put out one of the best records of the year so far – Wait to Pleasure.
It all starts with a squall. The opening track, “E,” might be about ecstasy the drug, but it puts me into the state without any need for chemical encouragement. Just let it wash over you with its hypnotizing drums, empty swimming pool-reverb vocals, and chugging guitar.
“Hare Tarot Lies” is so trippy that it almost sounds like it’s being played in reverse. “Prodigy” kicks into high gear right away and doesn’t look back as the rising sun beams straight through the windshield. It’s one of the loveliest tracks on the record and belongs on your “Morning Run” playlist. “Slug Night” is anything but sluggish. It’s lush, yet snappy with its crisp guitars, crispier drums, and just the right amount of fuzz and power to make it more Big Red than Hubba-Bubba.
I can barely describe how good “Blue Neck Riviera” is. Distorted vocals that still remain beautiful, mantra-inducing guitar chords, horror film drums, a killer bridge…It’s hypnotizing.
Whereas “Lizard Kids” is a hyper rocker that comes at you like an uppercut to the chin after that guy just ducked your first punch. “Lunar Phobia” doesn’t make me afraid of the sun. The bouncy drums, smoky vocals, and jangling guitar just make me love White-Gluz and Lloyd more. “Wrack Attack” seems to be their tribute to 1950’s girl groups with Wall of Sound production. I don’t know if “Ignored Pets” is what goes through the minds of my dog and my cat when I’m busy writing, but I’m in trouble if it is. “Pleasure” is indeed pleasing with its simple piano chord, twisting, warped vocals, and a space drone suitable for trips through the galaxy on a silver surfboard.
It ends with a riddle – “Uhy Yuoi Yoi.” I don’t know what it means either, but I like that. It’s a solid cap to the album, with enough reverb to send you floating away while the world tears itself apart without you.
I know this review doesn’t really say much apart from, “My God, this album is amazing,” but Wait to Pleasure is so good that almost defies description. It is like trying to describe a vision you had in a sweat lodge. No one will feel what it made you feel.
So, don’t wait. Feel what No Joy have for you.
~ Nik Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ at WSND 88.9FM University of Notre Dame, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at http://www.picklepress.net.
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