No Joy / Sonic Boom – “Obsession” (Video)
Since 2010, Jasamine White-Gluz has been making haunting and gorgeous music as the principal songwriter for No Joy, the great and underrated Montreal band that’s crafted their own blend of dreampop, shoegaze, and noise-rock. After completing and touring behind the group’s latest album — 2015’s More Faithful — White-Gluz felt the need to change it up, to explore writing in a different context than a four-piece rock band.
She found a new collaborator in Sonic Boom, AKA Peter Kember of Spacemen 3, Spectrum, and E.A.R., who’s also worked with Panda Bear, Stereolab, and Yo La Tengo. The two traded ideas back and forth between Montreal and Portgual, White-Gluz sending sketches to Kember, who’d then reshape them. The end result is an experimental, self-titled EP that’ll be out next month.
Today, we’re premiering the first taste of the EP, lead single “Obsession.” Somewhere in between a diffuse synthpop track and a deconstructed club jam, “Obsession” is a fascinating and addicting listen. It almost feels like it begins in media res, like White-Gluz had verses and choruses that she and Kember then cut up and rearranged; the first time White-Gluz’ voice truly enters, it almost sounds like she’s halfway through a chorus. From its poppier beginnings, the track rides a persistent bass groove out into more trance-inducing territory, White-Gluz eventually becoming a processed ghost of a presence until ceding completely to the song’s ambient, celestial outro.
It’s a six and a half minute epic, and this is the radio edit. (The album version is 11 minutes and features an extremely gratifying moment where, after the song floats off into the ether, the beat crashes back down, more glimmering than before.) “Obsession” is accompanied by a fittingly trippy video produced, directed, and edited by Sonic Boom and Nuno Jardim. Check it out below.
03 “Triangle Probably”
04 “Teenage Panic”
NO JOY TOUR DATES (W/ BATHS):
03/28 — Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
03/29 — Portland, OR @ Holocene
03/30 — Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
03/31 — Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/03 — Boise, ID @ The Reef
04/04 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
04/05 — Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
04/06 — Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
04/07 — Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Mic Cafe
04/10 — Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
04/11 — Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04/12 — Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
04/13 — Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
04/14 — Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
04/17 — South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
04/18 — Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
04/19 — Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
04/20 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore
04/21 — Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
04/24 — Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
04/26 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
04/27 — Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/28 — Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
05/02 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
05/03 — Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
05/04 — Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
05/05 — San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
No Joy / Sonic Boom is out 3/30 via Joyful Noise Recordings. Pre-order it here.