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Joy Zipper
American Whip
Dangerbird Records

Perhaps it was my destiny to review this record. Or perhaps it was something a bit less awe-inspiring, like the folks over at Hybrid knowing my love for great Britpop/shoegazer music. That's what this sophomore release from Joy Zipper is… Perfect, beautiful Britpop.

So, dig this: "Christmas Song" is reminiscent of the golden era of the Dandy Warhols and their debut Dandys Rule OK?. It is a song thick with guitars buoyed by resonant keyboards and dense drumming. "Baby You Should Know" could have been a lost Loveless-era My Bloody Valentine track. Gritty guitars and odd keyboard flourishes underscore the highly effected harmony vocals that create a perfect backdrop for the steadfast vocals of Tabitha Tindale, creating the same dense layers of sound that Kevin Shields built his reputation upon. The more modern Britpop flavor more your style? Then check out the lofty guitars on "33x" that sit nicely atop light drums and balance the quirky vocals.

Vincent Cafiso takes back the vocal helm on "Out Of The Sun"; a track that brings forward the mainstream rock flavor of distorted guitars and driving rhythms, but offsets it nicely with call and response vocals. Want some orchestrations in your pop music? How about the downbeat track "Dosed And Became Invisible"? Lush string accompaniment creates a wonderful palette for the less-than-uplifting subject matter of the song, but also makes it one of the most beautiful tracks on the record. Sampled style beats and off-center effects create the spacey mood of "Alzheimers". I could go on and on, but all you really need to know is that this is going to be one of the finest records of the year. Get it!

And, do yourself a favor. Listen to this record as loud as possible. Because, like all the other music I've talked about here, this was meant to be listened to very loudly. It truly enhances the sonic beauty of it all. Trust me, I wouldn't steer you wrong.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Sunstroke
2. Christmas Song
3. Baby You Should Know
4. 33x
5. Out Of The Sun
6. Drugs
7. Dosed And Became Invisible
8. Alzheimers
9. Ron
10. In The Never Ending Search For A Suitable Enemy
11. VSX
12. Vally Stream

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