Drunk With Joy Sound Living
By Marcus Pan
Opening much poppier than my
usual review submissions, Drunk With Joy infuse their music with a definite
lightheartedness that echoes the outfits name. Scheduled for release on
December 5th of this year, Sound Living is the release of Drunk With
Joy duo Kris Jager and Mila Oshin. This album is a year in the making and out
on A Maze Records in the UK. Billed occasionally as cerebro
rock, their sound is a collaboration of electro-synth, diva-style
vocals and new-wave influence.
I really enjoy Our Friends the Actors, with a truly
refreshing slide-scale rhythm during chorus parts with brilliant harmonies
based on Milas alto vocals, sung alone with sultriness and nonchalance
and harmonized with power and feeling. But its the brush-streaked
drumming of the track that really makes it worthwhile for me. While overall
poppy, Sound Living gets into a bit of deep electro with such strains as
Woman, which includes a deep resonating bass movement which sounds great
against Milas lower-pitch female vocals. I love, again, what they do with
the rhythms and sliding synthetics.
Getting robotically funky, Im on Fire is
actually a lot slower moving than one would expect given the name. Its
almost cheekily slow moving, with dragging bass synth washes and light airy
teases of movement above. Tracks in the center of Sound Living are good,
but dont stand out as much as the previous mentioned. One issue could be
the five minute length of Lullaby a good song, but a shorter song
it should have been methinks. The Beginning comes in and drums out
another interesting rhythm movement that is laced with standard fare, but well
played, keyboard chords. It only starts to fade from interest near the end due
to its lack of change.
Go In Stay In Tune In has for some reason a surreal
quality to it leant by the background dark keys I envision an after dark
carnival somehow that grows around you, tents erecting and weird clowns
pedaling by, Mila as a central figure speaking the lyrics at you while Kris
bandies about a chair and top hat as a silent but integral ringmaster. As the
controlled guitar strains step up the elephants trundle past and the white
tigers try and steal the cotton candy which is dark purple from
the younger members of the audience. Figure that one out. This is contrasted
against the deep resonating sorrow of London Tears next.
Just to keep us from drowning in it though, Drunk With Joy
close Sound Living with a bounce-laden tune named after the album.
Bright, fluorescent melodies traipse through a field of poppies not unlike the
scene from The Wizard of Oz. Its a no-shoe-wearing romp, which
quite frankly is a terrible thing for a goth to say and so Im going to
stop here because no-shoe-wearing romps are extremely not goth. Fortunately
a bit of metal is laced into Sound Living, but somehow its still
pretty the silver iron latticework of some far-off crystal palace rising
into a brightened sky. Bonus Not to Forget is simply beautifully sung
and I have no imagery to go with it because Milas vocals here are an
aural vision in their own right.
Drunk With Joy was a fine receipt for me, considering the
abysmal nature of todays underground wanna-bes. Im not going to go
into names on that, but I will say that when I receive something that really
stands out like Sound Living its usually due to the fact that
everything around it sounds about the same Legends seems to go through
industrial periods and goth rock periods and similar
spurts of same-same. Sound Living sounds great, differentiates itself
from electro-pop of the day by keeping it a tad more aggressive and certainly
darker aesthetically, romp notwithstanding, and it sounds like they really did
spend that entire year locked up in Blackdown Hills working on music.
Post: PO Box 158, Exeter EX2 4WZ, United Kingdom
Phone: +0044 (0) 1392
22 15 13
 In a previous review I mentioned I should get a
blowjob for being within a month of release date regardless of how many
submissions Legends now receives. Now that Im at the point where Im
reviewing to-be-released albums, I should simply get a free lay. Not
necessarily from Drunk With Joy just generally speaking.
 A term
which I find to be a bit generic, but cutesy.
 Unless it involves my
requested sex, see above. Seems Im pre-occupied today, hmm?