United Sounds of Joy

by United Sounds of Joy

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"Sheehy and Vald practice a delicate orchestration of sound where chords upon chords are thinly layered to produce aural illusions of constructed noise. Like Japanese Shinto, the emotions in the music of United Sounds of Joy are slipped into the spaces between the musical elements and they hover ominously, waiting to be discovered.

The band’s self-titled effort straddles the line between blues and electronica and each number is rendered with the poetic balance that has past troubadours like Nick Drake treading futuristic landscapes orbiting in space. Songs like the luminous blood-red pearl “The Sun That Hides a Darker Star” throb with echoing dub textures beneath the atmospheric haunts of electrified folk. On many of these tracks, like the sparse, sonic galaxy of the album opener “Seams of Sorrow”, Sheehy’s lyrical enigmas reverberate with mordant calm. The album is compact, eight songs in all—knitted with careful exactitude. But it opens up expansively, a Pandora’s Box of sound which stretches from the nebula of its hollowed space into an eternity unknown.

If beauty and horror were two parallaxes in the vast expanse of the galaxy, somewhere between those points you might hear these songs."

Imran Khan, Pop Matters


released October 1, 2016


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United Sounds of Joy London, UK

“After almost two decades removed from each other’s musical energies, former Dream City Film Club frontline agents Michael J Sheehy and Alex Vald have reunited to craft some truly beautiful, heart-rending, mind-bending music. With an alluring brand of devious pop-noir crafted perfectly to fill the gaping hole in today’s alternopop universe, Alex and Michael are United Sounds of Joy." ... more

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