“"JoyCut" has managed to capture the power of peace and silence in a track starting simply in order to reach a peak of deep Cinematic character towards the finale. Classic instrumental samples are smoothly merged with wide electronic pads and the result didn't left us unaffected.”
Today May 20th, Italian sonic innovators JoyCut share new single ‘NOVEMBRE13_’ alongside two visual narrations, excerpts from The New York Times’ Op-Doc ‘Taller Than The Tree’ By Academy Award-winning director Megan Mylan. Watch/Stream ‘NOVEMBRE13_’ Here. ‘NOVEMBRE13_’ is taken from out JoyCut upcoming new album ‘TheBluWave [TimesWhenSilenceIsAPoem - TheIceHasMelted - AndBleedingGlaciersFormOurTears]_’ Out Digitally June 5, Vinyl Release Due August 12 - via PillowCase - 伊達 直 / Kartel Music Group
‘NOVEMBRE13_ is an expansive instrumental composition, a monumental cut in which JoyCut create a textured and detailed soundscape, moving from a soft and gentle sound to a cinematic grandeur density. Placing themselves between the experimental post-rock of Sigur Rós and Mogwai, the grand ambient landscapes of Erased Tapes’ A Winged Victory For The Sullen and the sparing use of dynamic range of Stars Of The Lid, JoyCut move across contemporary explorative sounds capable to release a glorious spike of dopamine in the brain.
The upcoming album, ‘TheBluWave [TimesWhenSilenceIsAPoem - TheIceHasMelted - AndBleedingGlaciersFormOurTears]_’, is in the band’s own words “dedicated to those who love to linger on the ways of introversion. Explorations dedicated to the experience of abstraction, disorientation, travel, return”. In their quest to highlight these experiences JoyCut came across the short documentary ‘Taller Than The Tree’ By Academy Award-winning director Megan Mylan, which profiles one middle-aged Japanese man stuck in a crisis of care. Masami Hayata is a Tokyo man delicately balancing his roles as advertising executive, father, husband and devoted son to his ailing mother. Japanese men haven't traditionally been caregivers, but for Masami Hayata, it's a crucial part of raising his family.
Using two excerpts from the movie, JoyCut present their news single ‘NOVEMBRE13_’ as the score to this extraordinary story, which invites us to reflect on contemporary Japanese culture, and the demographic and societal changes that have created a crisis of caregiving in a very competitive society. Watch NOVEMBRE13 | MASAMI_Here and NOVEMBRE13 | MASAMI&SHION_ Here. “With NOVEMBER13_’s visual narration we wanted to evoke the spirit of longevity, slowness, fragility, silence, ethereal detachment of the transient substratum of earthly events. There are themes our upcoming new THEBLUWAVE is dedicated to and with the two different visual narratives are offered as another critical food for thought,” says the band.
JoyCut announced the album with the single ‘ThePlasticWhale_’ available as an exclusive through Brian Eno’s EarthPercent Bandcamp compilation for World Earth Day - Download ‘ThePlasticWhale_’ On Bandcamp. On this subject JoyCut have always been one step ahead. Since the beginning, environmental issues have been a central part of the band’s philosophy, made evident by active collaborations with 350.org, Italian Climate Network and the ‘NU-Clear-Sound’ artistic direction, a festival dedicated to green issues. The new album’s packaging perfectly reflects this attitude; “we have entirely made it as green as possible,” they say.
JoyCut are Italy's underground music pioneers, stalwarts of the DIY underground music scene, who have been making mesmerising, mostly instrumental music for decades, connecting with audiences worldwide, through live performances across three continents, 74 countries and 216 cities. The last album, ‘PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround’ took the band to new heights, with a never-ending tour of over 100% dates across North America, Asia and Europe. With the digital mantra #JoyCutNeverStops, the band touched more than 60 countries, culminating in a Top 5 European Talent Exchange Programme [ETEP] position. Following a successful TEDx performance in Verona and inspired by their recent vivid travels to the East, JoyCut played a sold-out Venice Biennale show debuting their six-act “Opera” ‘K O M O R E B I’, a soundtrack tribute to Japan: a combination of their dramatic music with visual art chapters that created a world to get lost in. JoyCut have brought their haunting sonic tapestries to Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival.
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May 28, 2022
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