Big Joanie: Back Home Album Review

British trio big guan Composing music that doubles as an act of resistance, drawing on the rowdy energy and harmony of a ’60s girl group to create space for black women’s villains in London and beyond. After releasing their debut, 2018 has been immunized systahsSinger and guitarist Stephanie Phillips, guitarist Estella Adeiri and drummer Chardin Taylor Stone signed Kill Rock Stars in perfect planetary alignment; The influential Washington brand’s catalog of underground punk rocks is the star of Big Joanie’s sultry, cheerful style and DIY spirit. on me back to hometheir first LP for the label, the band expands their palette with electronics and chords while their lyrics focus on gaining strength through weakness, making for some of the trio’s best songwriting to date.

back to home It revolves around the concepts of home, both in the domestic and psychological sense. The “Count to 10” song sings the Casio keys as Phillips gently weighs the pros and cons of nesting with someone: “I’d like to go home with you/I know you might be wrong” sings; “Take a chance / What else do I do?” On the bruise Grungy “Happier Still,” Phillips whistles on her way past her worst bout of depression: “I feel happier/happier/happier,” repeated against the power chords; “There will be no fear/no fear/no fear here.” The sentinel mantra is increasingly growing because she wants peace of mind.

Once again, working with producer Margo Broom, Big Joanie has enhanced her sound for bigger stages, accompanying muscular slopes with modified synths and atmospheric instrumentation. On his late album “I Will,” Phillips aims uncannily heartily on an electronic organ: “You build a house, you build a roof, you build a happy home,” she exclaims, keeping pace with Addiere’s melodic voice line. “You make it bigger, you make it stronger for another soul/And if you don’t make it better, you’ll fill a gap.” The band revolves around a Phillips sound, invoking a slow build similar to what’s stripped in 2020 Coverage From solange“Cranes in the sky.” Meanwhile, the shimmering single “Sainted” kicks off the catchy ’80s pop music. The unsteady drum machine under Phillips’ sound beats like a nervous heartbeat, giving the song a delicious gothic tinge.

back to homeLyrics that are sarcastic and full of self-reflection. “I always make the same mistakes / Don’t tell me I have to learn from them,” he tweeted out loud to the loud “Taut.” The trio carries the same string in “Today”, where they immerse harmony and violin (played by without a homeCharlotte Valentine supports Phillips’ annoying, sweet and bitter pleas to know her place in the relationship. “Just tell me if you’re on the way,” she pleads, putting more weight on the emotional haymaker.

In the dreamy centerpiece “In My Arm,” Big Joan reaches the pinnacle of jingles. Surrounded by a supporting harmony and rock guitar, Phillips insists, “One day I’ll make a great escape / And send someone else away / But now I’m dreaming / Of only you in my arms.” When the song is repeated, the group slows down the song to the point of crawling with a faint sound, RonetsBack-style guitar and heavy feedback, slowing every word of longing into an echo. back to home It provides heart-pounding moments along with his sinister grit, expanding on Big Joanie’s voice without softening his bite.

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