Written by Alexis Zygan
Joy Less released their self-titled EP in the Spring of 2019. The beautiful, sluggish melodies amidst the melancholy lyrics, welcome the listener into the brooding album. In this short, yet sweet, gloomy album, you get a taste of what Joy Less has to offer. With a nice mix of sludge, stoner melodies and sorrowful guitar riffs reminiscent of The Cure's Disintegration record, the EP provides an enticing introduction to what this group has to offer in the alternative scene.
The album's opener, "Prey," inaugurates the listener with beautiful melancholy melodies while the second track, “Sunsetter,” adds an element of experimental spine-chilling stoner rock. With a modern spin of the dark eighties music that inspired the goth movement, the track follows a more alien-esque style that is unique to the band. The drumbeat provides a consistent rhythm while the spooky synth adds a more creepy eerie element. It's to be expected from Dark Eighties inspired artistic music.
The overarching musical theme of the album represents a new genre of garage rock.The lyrics feel inspired by female icons such as Courtney Love while the band is musically comparative to a more toned down Electric Wizard. The tambourine in “Holy Water” captivates the listener amidst the spooky undertones and moody lyrics. Overall, the album features witchy feels. Joy Less is best listened to while dancing in a cemetery below the lunar illumination of a full moon.
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