JOY.’s ‘Change’ is an unheard call to an uncaring lover
Originally from Brisbane but now based out of Sydney, 20-year-old music prodigy JOY. has just recently released ‘Change’, the debut track off her upcoming EP, Six. A moody, sultry love letter to a lover, the song utilises the singer’s angelic voice to instil themes of longing, loss and brokenness singing, ‘I’m still waiting, I’m waiting, I’m waiting, But you never came’.
Her first track of 2018, succeeding 2017’s long awaited beat-laden release ‘Smoke Too Much’, the track slows things down again. Similar to her first releases off the EP Ode, which could be likened to music from such artists as James Vincent McMorrow, ‘Change’ airs out the melodies, presenting breathless backing vocals and charming electronic ad lib. Piano, which seems to be a staple of JOY.’s tracks, provides a solid base for the various interlaced layers including the ticking beat and delicate vocals.
Alongside the release also comes it’s accompanying music video directed by Julian Machuca and JOY. herself. A simplistic, dark and artistically gloomy depiction of the dark feelings one feels when something sorely wanted is just out of reach. It’s basic premise contrasts white against barren blacks, JOY. singing in various locations, dressed in a white dress and appearing almost ghostly, imagery that reiterates the sullen nature of the track. The wistfulness of staring out across the ocean and the loneliness it can impart, adds to the creation of a bleak atmosphere.
JOY.’s EP Six is the second released from the singer, her first being Ode in 2015, back when she was only 18. The new EP is produced by JOY. in collaboration with Khaled Rohaim who has worked on tracks for global artists such as Rihanna and Ariana Grande. In addition, JOY. is set to commence an Australian tour on the 24th of March with her EP to be released on the 2nd of the same month.
Tour dates can be seen below:
Sat 24th March
OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY
Sat 31st March
NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE
Sat 7th April
THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE
WORDS BY JULIE FENWICK