Shoegaze-y Montreal indie rock unit No Joy are set to unleash their latest LP More Faithful next week, but eager fans will be pleased to know that Exclaim! is streaming the whole thing right now.
The recording was done between Gary's Electric Studio in Brooklyn and a farmhouse in Costa Rica, with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Chairlift). The result is a swirl of juxtapositions, highlighting "unrest and calm, beauty and chaos, truth and fantasy, in the throes of dimed amps and hair-whipping guitar goddess rock music."
The new set of songs boasts No Joy's heaviest and fastest musical moments to date, but Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyd still manage to cut through layers of distortion and bursts of noise with their angelic vocals.
Despite brazen, grunge-y rockers like opener "Remember Nothing" and "Chalk Snake," there are moments of sweet, soft respite like on the dreamy "Moon in My Mouth" and explorations into electro-tinged territory on tracks like "Burial in Twos."
By the time album closer "Judith" rolls around, the band have definitely showed off their growth as a band and their affinity for criss-crossing genres in a way that is both seamless and sonically intriguing. It's a sleek, shimmery bookend to a solid full-length — and you can hear the entire album right now, in the player below.
More Faithful officially lands on June 9 via Arts & Crafts in Canada, and Mexican Summer internationally.
In support of the new record, No Joy have a series of upcoming tour dates, several of which are in Canada. You can see their schedule here.