One of the breeziest ever post-breakup songs for you today on NMOTD.
Philly act Joy Again are managed by 2015 hero Shamir, and we raved about their first track ‘Looking Out For You’ on account of its lo-fi, Voxtrot-esque beauty. The scratchiness remains – a good thing! – on the follow up ‘How You Feel’, although the subject matter is a whole lot more intense. I’ll let Arthur Shea from the band, who wrote it, explain more:
“‘How You Feel’ is a song I wrote in Sachi [DiSerafino, bandmate] and I’s dorm room at boarding school on his banjo before a forced holiday party on our hall. It’s about my inability to speak to this girl I was infatuated with at the time just after having broken up with someone who really manipulated me into an extremely dark place.”
How you get from that to the boundless joy that seeps through every second of ‘How You Feel’ I don’t know, but then that’s what pop subversion is supposed to be all about. From the ‘Tonight Tonight’ style intro to the dream-like verses, it’s a sweetly-executed blast from start to finish.
Joy Again’s debut single, ‘Looking Out For You’/‘How You Feel’ is set to be released as a limited 7-inch vinyl via Lucky Number on January 15.
Check out Crybaby zine for a neat little interview with the band.