Half Japanese 'Overjoyed' on First Album in 13 Years

Half Japanese 'Overjoyed' on First Album in 13 Years
It's been 13 years since lo-fi lifers Half Japanese delivered their last long-player, Hello, but brothers Jad and David Fair are bringing the dormant project back to life with a brand new LP. Fittingly for fans, the album is called Overjoyed, and it arrives September 3 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

A press release notes that the band's latest 12-song offering was produced by Deerhoof's John Dieterich, and that the record, as that album title may already suggest, is "unapologetically positive." It likewise notes that the song cycle is more aggressive than previous work and also finds the band approaching new "somehow accessible" territory with their songwriting. Samples from the set have yet to be unveiled, but you can check out the tracklisting down below.

While Overjoyed will be the first new album from Half Japanese in over a dozen years, Jad Fair has been on a prolific tear of late. The musician is in the midst of releasing a series of collaborative LPs with the likes of R. Stevie Moore Norman Blake, Danielson and more. Fair's team-up with Danielson, Solid Gold Heart, was released last week.


1. In Its Pull

2. Meant To Be That Way

3. Brave Enough

4. Do It Nation

5. The Time Is Now

6. Our Love

7. Shining Star

8. Each Other's Arms

9. Overjoyed And Thankful

10. We Are Sure

11. As Good Can Be

12. Tiger Eyes