Little Joy

November 11, 2008

littlejoyIn the past, I’ve used the phrase “like a soundtrack to a David Lynch movie” to describe music I was listening to, but Little Joy’s self-titled debut album will be the first album I will describe as sounding like a soundtrack to a Wes Anderson film. Anderson, who’s done such films as Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums and most recently The Darjeeling Limited, is known for his eclectic soundtracks that have included everything from 60’s garage rock and French pop to 70’s folk to David Bowie covers done in Portuguese with a Brazilian flavor. Little Joy’s self-described “cocktail of calypso-garage-folk” would be right at home in an Anderson film, and you have any idea at all what I’m talking about, then you should check this album out right away because I think you’re going to like it a lot. Little Joy is comprised of Fabrizio Moretti (drummer for the Strokes), Binki Shapiro and Rodrigo Amarante (the latter two share lead vocals), and the album was produced by Noah Georgeson, who’s also produced Devendra Banhart. Little Joy is an easygoing affair, and it’s got enough self-assured charm and general coolness to bear repeat listens. Indie pop rarely gets as effortlessly pleasing to the ear as this. Standout cuts: “The Next Time Around,” “Brand New Start,” “No One’s Better Sake” and “Keep Me In Mind.”


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