NO JOY – EVERYTHING NEW
I once read an article about breezy Southamptoners Delays, that said they were, and had always been, distinctly average. This made me sad because the foursome had clearly put their hearts and souls into their first two records Faded Seaside Glamour and You See Colours, the first of which I’d still happily put on today. Maybe you haven’t heard of them. If that’s the case, it’ll be because their brand of sun-drenched, electronic indie just didn’t cut through the proverbial noise enough. The reason for the rather random mention? It’s because No Joy‘s latest track, Everything New, sounds like Delays, essentially.
I think it’s that delayed acoustic guitar at the start that does it. Then the overlapping verse lines. Then those breathy harmonies. It’s just gorgeous. And that dirty bass that underpins it all… Ahhh. Everything New is essentially a concisely constructed pop song given the shoegaze treatment. There’s a real freedom to the words of Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd – a freedom that Delays could never quite capture, I feel.
Anyway, have a listen below. And if you fancy time-travelling back to 2004, whack Faded Seaside Glamour on for good measure.