By DAN MACINTOSH

Joywave’s Possession opens with this putting line, “My head is swelling like a Kennedy,” on the track titled “Like A Kennedy.”

The opening track on this, the act’s third album, is a comparatively quiet, piano-based ballad. It’s additionally a wierd approach to kick off an in any other case beat-heavy, principally synth-driven assortment. The monitor even features a massive, hair steel electrical guitar solo that feels like a tip of the hat to Queen’s Brian Might.

“Coming Aside,” which follows, is extra consultant of the full-length’s total artificial sonic. Constructed on a synth-pop groove with a melody not in contrast to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” the group lyrically speaks to the dumbing down of society. “It’s an age made for the silly and dumb,” lead vocalist Daniel Armbruster complains, with backing vocals which might be made to sound just like the commentary of dippy chicks. 

Joywave - Courtesy
Joywave – Courtesy

One known as “Half Your Age” contains the road, “All of your heroes now are half your age,” could also be a commentary on ageing. Then once more, it could possibly be complimenting knowledge of the younger. Getting old is an album theme, nonetheless, as the discharge’s title monitor displays upon youthful days at one level. “Clean Slate” provides a welcome change of tempo, as Armbruster alternates between low-voiced sexiness and an equally horny falsetto.

It’s unattainable to not like the old fashioned ’80s groove utilized to “FEAR,” though its material is undeniably darkish. “Humorous Factor About Opinions” can also remind you of KROQ’s ROQ of the ’80s. Synth-pop could also be previous its heyday, however Joywave proves time and again how any rumors of the style’s dying are drastically exaggerated. 

Joywave makes use of its music to touch upon modern tradition, though the act’s perspective shouldn’t be at all times clear and constant. “Who Owns Who,” for instance, would possibly simply comprise the group’s opinions concerning the labor market, however then once more, it might simply be one thing slightly extra private, too. Joywave retains its viewpoints just a bit too near the vest.

The album closes with one other name-associated track title, “Mr. Eastman.” It’s additionally one other slower quantity. In contrast to the Kennedys, with their universally acknowledged final title, this track character is – we be taught — a stranger. “One other man I’ve by no means heard of/Has handed away,” Armbruster admits practically midway by means of the monitor. 

Though flavorful in components, Joywave’s new launch shouldn’t be meals that at all times sticks to the ribs, so to talk. It’s modern each lyrically and sonically in locations, however simply not constantly so. Therefore, these waves of pleasure are intermittent, at greatest.

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