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Album : Motherhood
Label : Joyful Noise Recordings
Release date : August 21st 2020
Vinyl colour : Neon Violet LP
Catalogue Number : JNR340LPC1
Barcode : 0753936905757
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5. Why Mothers Die
6. Happy Bleeding
7. Signal Lights
9. Primal Curse
Coloured Neon Violet Vinyl + comes with download code.
No Joy’s relentless sonic permutations are evidence of front person and principal songwriter Jasamine White-Gluz’s insatiable desire to grow.
For No Joy’s first full length in five years, White-Gluz took what she learned from synthesis, reincorporated guitars, and produced an album that is not a departure from No Joy’s early shoegaze, but a stylistically omnivorous expansion that ekes into trip hop, trance and nu-metal. Motherhood is the culmination of years composing outside of her comfort zone, and a return to DIY recording with a leveled-up expertise in production. Throughout the record there are loving nostalgic nods to the records White-Gluz adored on their release twenty years ago--Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, No Doubt.
White-Gluz hadn’t read Sheila Heti’s Motherhood when she wrote and titled this record, but when she did, the narrative parallels between the two projects were “like looking into a mirror. Time is critical, and you have to make decisions that are extremely time sensitive and your body doesn’t care,” she explains. “It’s a lot of seeing myself through my mother’s experiences, and the physicalness of a body getting older.”
The album also investigates the implications of her parents’ aging on her role as their child.
Heti’s book’s central conceit is an open-ended pondering of whether dedication to writing is more significant than the desire to have children. No Joy doesn’t definitively answer this existential quagmire, either--how could anyone? Instead, Motherhood is a beautifully dense exploration that proves how thoughtful, thorough music can translate into art that is rich, vast and alive.
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