Album Review: JoyCut ‘PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround’

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 at 12:10 pm by
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JoyCut has been pushing out their indie electronic sonics for nearly a decade. Their 2011 studio effort, Ghost Trees Where To Disappear, garnered JoyCut some critical acclaim, and various gigs across Europe were some of their biggest yet. Now, the Italian threesome are ready to tempt the American masses with PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround, which recently dropped via Irma Records.

In the early days, JoyCut refused to show their faces (Daft Punk, anyone?) in pictures. Not a whole lot is known about these three blokes, but this sort of mysterious allure only adds to their new (um, it’s addicting) 15-song set. Fans of A Place to Bury Strangers, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Editors, Massive Attack and Mew should warm quickly to JoyCut’s blissful cacophony of ticks, werps and blips layered among guitars, percussion, pianos and hushed vocals.

“Wireless” and “Drive” each chime with vibrant electronics for two stellar dance tracks that you’ll want to lose yourself in. Echoes of early Cure can be heard throughout “Neverland” while “Funeral” is a lovely surprise, a melancholy number that’s lilting with piano, heart-wrenching vocals and a flawless horn arrangement. And one cannot ignore the new wave tinges and gauzy riffs of “Save” or the searing space rock backdrop of “Dark Star.”

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JoyCut/Photo courtesy of Irma Records

These guys are also eco-conscious, having set up the “Ghost Trees Forest” campaign as a means of bringing awareness to maintaining a sustainable future. PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround will include cellophane tape that’s 100% biodegradable. Plus, the vinyl and CD versions will be composed entirely of recycled products. And that’s not all. JoyCut is all about perfecting their craft in solar powered recording studios.

Check out PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround at Spotify.

If you’re out and about tonight (October 4), JoyCut will be at Pianos (158 Ludlow St.) with Wolff and Tuba, Sonic China Doll, Double Life, The Shackletons and Shackers.

And on Saturday (October 5), catch ’em at Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless with Fetzig, Butchers and Bakers, and Gatos De Sensei.

For more JoyCut, enjoy “Apple” from Ghost Trees Where To Disappear below:

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