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No Joy - Ghost Blonde

By: Andrew Horan

No Joy - Ghost Blonde

No Joy
Ghost Blonde

(Mexican Summer)

SOUNDS LIKE: Another lo-fi girl-fronted band that's saved by a shoegaze vibe.

Upon first listen, it would be easy to dismiss the debut full-length from Montreal's No Joy as yet another female-fronted female lo-fi band. The elements are definitely there; loud distorted guitars with dream-like vocals that are often buried deep in the dense instruments fill the album's 10 tracks. But No Joy bring a strong shoegaze influence to Ghost Blonde that helps to set them apart from the current crop of bands.

Though the lead-off 'Mediumship' is a bit deceiving with its 60's girl group-style vocals and fuzzy guitars. It definitely sounds like something from bands like Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls. But it's songs like 'Maggie Says I Love You' and 'You Girls Smoke Cigarettes' that show they have more in common with 90s bands like My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth. The driving 'Hawaii' in particular, with its waves of scuzzy guitars, show's their appreciation for the music of Thurston Moore and co.

If there's any real complaint to be had with this album, it's that singer/guitarists Jasmine White-Glutz and Laura Lloyd's vocals are usually rendered completely incomprehensible. They both have lovely sounding voices, it would be nice to be able to hear them a little better. But that minor quibble aside, Ghost Blonde is a strong first effort from a band that will doubtlessly survive once the musical fad they are perhaps unfairly being lumped in with ends.


Video: “No Summer“ by No Joy

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