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Joyer Share New Single & Video “Fall Apart” – New Album “Night Songs” Out April 26th via Hit the North Records / Julia’s War

March 19, 2024
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Share New Single/Video “Fall Apart”

New Album Night Songs Out April 26th
via Hit the North Records / Julia’s War

Shoegaze up-and-comers, Joyer, recently announced their new album, Night Songs, due out April 26th from Hit the North Records and Julia’s War. The Brooklyn-and-Boston-based duo is made up of multi-instrumentalist brothers Nick and Shane Sullivan, and with Night Songs the siblings have create an instantly satisfying amalgam of swirling guitars and memorable melodies that’s sure to please fans of all things dreamy.

Joyer have shared two singles “Star” and “Drive All Night” (drawing attention from the likes of Stereogum, Paste Magazine, FLOOD Magazine, BrooklynVegan, and more) and today they’re back with anther new song, “Fall Apart.” The track is a dynamic ride, spinning on a dime from hazy jangle pop, to a noisy blast of fuzz, and back again to shimmering bliss. 

Joyer has released one intoxicating single release, captivating and capturing this hazy effort whilst the delicate lyrics and intense appeal form this driving impact that lasts to the listener. Once again Joyer embraces this rhythmically entrancing momentum, through the shimmering and reflective guitar tones fused with the punchy percussion, this track shifts through such immersive passages. The vocal notes are melodic and heightened by the delicate transition of dual harmonies.

The lead guitar plays in and the effect melts through the complex yet calming landscape, the notes wail across the soundscape before the fuzz and energy alters to kick the track up a gear, injecting this infamous influx of abrasive harshness. And just as you get to grips with the heavier attributes, the single shifts back to that softer melody. The lyrics and the identity of this composition grasp at this all-encompassing feeling. Touching on melancholia whilst fluctuating through this vortex of serene rhythmic cadence and sudden powerful jolts.

Shane discussed the new song, saying: “In the past we’ve made a lot of slow music so we thought it would be fun to make a more frantic sounding song for a change. We wanted to center the song around a hypnotic motorik beat and we kind of built from there. ‘Fall Apart’ is about recklessness and self sabotage and how people easily let their lives spin out of control.” 

Recorded by Bradford Krieger (Horse Jumper of Love, Squirrel Flower) at Big Nice Studios, Night Songs perfectly captures Joyer‘s blend of otherworldly mood and crunchy guitars, as well as a notably more hook-driven direction in the brothers’ songwriting. The upcoming album marks a departure from the more hushed slowcore of 2020’s Sun Into Flies and 2021’s Perfect Gray, displaying a more expansive sound—from blowtorched guitars and overtly catchy vocal cadences, to melancholy synths and pastoral lap steel. The songwriting duties are split evenly between Nick and Shane, but there’s a palpable cohesion in their music, a unified vision that’s always guided the project and continues even with the siblings living in different cities. “We grew up in this small suburban town and there weren’t too many people interested in music so it was convenient to just play with each other and we’ve always had pretty much the same music tastes,” Shane explains. “I just feel like when I’m in a band with Shane I don’t have to compromise,” Nick adds. “Being brothers allows us to be really honest and have a lot of productive criticism because we’re so comfortable with one another, we don’t have to hold back and it helps us achieve what we’re going for.” 

Upcoming Shows:

3/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident
3/20 North Ridge, CA @ The Open Book
4/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Mini Mart w/ Hooky, 22 Halo, Pulsr
4/26 Queens, NY @ Trans Pecos w/ Punchlove, Pulsr
4/28 Boston, MA @ Cantab Lounge w/ Devin Bailey, Night Mot, Pulsr

1. Night Song
2. Silver Moon
3. Drive All Night
4. 777
5. Fall Apart
6. Wake Up
7. Star
8. Softer Skin
9. Try
10. Rings A Bell
11. Mason Dixon


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