ESTHER JOY – Shares new video “Friendless Necessity”

September 11, 2017

Ian Wallman


– Shares new video Friendless Necessity
– EP ‘Psychic Tears’ out now 

“Esther is more than just Charli XCX’s bandmate – she’s a sick artist in her own right.” – Noisey
“Once heard, this is a hard one to willingly let go of” – DIY on ‘Friendless Necessity’
“The London singer-producer provides the soundtrack to your twisted fantasies” – 
“Esther Joy is a remarkable new voice” – Clash
“There are buffed-out moments of pop that glisten in the darkness” – The Line of Best Fit
“Haunting electronics that abound with raw emotion” – HUCK
“A member of Charli XCX’s band and an artist in her own right” – Notion

London-based producer & singer/songwriter Esther Joy is sharing her new video for Friendless Necessity, a standout track from her recent EP ‘Psychic Tears’, which is out now.

Directed by Colin J Smith and edited by Steven Lang, Esther explains the video, “I really wanted the video to characterise the dark feelings the song describes, the fragmented sense of self, trauma, confusion and hurt. There is a simple and primal feel to it, it is stripped of anything material, or even physical, other than myself. I think ultimately the vision was attempting to have an honest and (hopefully) meaningful connection between the music and emotion, and the emotion and viewer.”


Esther Joy doesn’t stay in one place for long. Born in Leeds, she grew up in Edinburgh, and has since lived in London, Sheffield, Coventry & is now again in London.

Having started making music as a teenager on a computer DJ programme, Esther sees music as a way of expressing the things that caused her much distress in her formative years. ‘Most of my teenage years and early 20s were super dysfunctional and I did a great job of royally fucking up” she explains The thing that pieced me back together was rediscovering making music. I realised that you could build worlds of sound and textures in a computer without ever having to leave your bedroom (which is kind of mind blowing). From then on I taught myself how to produce and began writing electronic music.”

Whilst also a member of Charli XCX’s band, Esther Joy is an artist  in her own right. Written, recorded and produced by Esther Joy, new EP Psychic Tears, combines dynamic electronics, hard & heavy synth lines and bewitching lyrics, but somehow retains a certain feeling of weightlessness and ethereal emotion, showcasing a fresh sound that has clicked into place for this London-based artist.

She concludes “I couldn’t express myself musically in the way I wanted to for such a long time, and I just wanted someone to swoop in and make it all easy. Never finding those people was the best thing that could have happened because it forced me to get better on my own and now I am now I am just starting to feel like I am sounding like me.”  And as Psychic Tears marks the sound of personal self-discovery for Esther Joy, for the London music scene, it also marks a rising star positioning herself firmly on the horizon.

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