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2013 Albums of the Year #5: Day Joy – Go To Sleep, Mess

18 Dec

Day Joy - Go To Sleep Mess

The album which made it to number five on our list of favourites from 2013 was one that came with a stamp of quality attached. In recent years Small Plates Records has become home to a number of top quality acts and each release offers something exciting and incredible for you to enjoy. And that’s exactly what happened with Orlando based Day Joy, craftsmen of fine dreamy folk music.

Go To Sleep, Mess is an album that we enjoyed immensely but properly fell in love with on a random and long walk through the streets of London, earphones in and dreams being made before our very ears. As we walked for mile upon mile the album was placed on repeat and our footsteps began to feel lighter. The architecture and cityscape around us, the flow of people walking by, the hustle and bustle and energy within the streets and alleyways took on new qualities as the leisurely sounds melted into our brain.

Songs trickle gently along, rippling before they unexpectedly swell and rise; lifting you high and carrying you away on a beautiful tide of delicate emotion. Their spectral melodies create a sense of blurriness, like the world seen through rain speckled glasses. Your mind is distorted and made fuzzy by the echoing, swirling sounds and vocals as they shimmer and float on the breeze.

Amongst the haze and the echo, bubbling elements of folk, country and pop can be heard, along with subtle but persuasive rhythms, strings and synths. It is a heady and intoxicating combination and getting lost within this dreamy soundscape, as the world passes by unnoticed and unblemished, is a dangerously easy thing to do but, even after 6 or so miles of walking, an experience we absolutely adored.

’Go To Sleep Mess’ is on Small Plates Records and can be ordered here.


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Introducing: Day Joy

21 Jan

Day Joy

In our time writing about music over the last couple of years, both here and elsewhere, we have learnt that are a few undeniable truths. Justin Bieber fans are certifiably bonkers, there is more music to listen to than there are hours in the day and if Small Plates Records sign a band, it’s because they are fantastic.

Enter then Day Joy, a recent addition to the Small Plates roster and craftsmen of fine dreamy folk music. Based in Orlando, the group began as the duo of Michael Serrin and Peter Michael Perceval III ”writing on the porch late at night” but has since grown to a five-piece and even moved indoors (to the lounge apparently) to write and record.

They say that it was the result of the move, and some liquor, that their sound ”developed into the lush and layered recordings you hear now”. Regardless of the cause, the outcome is one we should all be rejoicing. Songs trickle gently along, rippling before they unexpectedly swell and rise; lifting you high and carrying you away on a beautiful tide of delicate emotion.

Their spectral melodies create a sense of blurriness, like the world seen through rain speckled glasses. Your mind is distorted and made fuzzy by the echoing, swirling sounds and vocals as they shimmer and float on the breeze. Amongst the haze and the echo, bubbling elements of folk, country and pop can be heard, along with subtle but persuasive rhythms, strings and synths. It is a heady and intoxicating combination and getting lost within this dreamy soundscape, as the world passes by unnoticed and unblemished, is a dangerously easy thing to do.

Day Joy’s debut album, Go To Sleep Mess, is out on 12 February via Small Plates Records and can be pre-ordered here.



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New Field Mouse vinyl is clearly beautiful

24 Feb

You may recall from our somewhat exuberant post about the recent Sunbears! record, that we do love a beautiful looking piece of vinyl. Now we once again find ourselves getting all unnecessary over another stunning piece of wax, this time a 7” slab of pure gorgeousness from Brooklyn based dream-poppers, Field Mouse.

The track, “You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom”, is more than a little lovely anyway but when it comes on something that looks this amazing, well, it’s a must have. Try to contain yourselves when you look at the clear vinyl and the dual colour sleeve with opposite coordination.

It is due out on 28 February and you can pre-order the 7” from Small Plates Records. If you still need convincing, take a listen to the track itself below. Good isn’t it?

Watch: Gracie – “Tryck R Treat”

21 Feb

Those of you who follow us on Twitter will know that recently, we have been confessing our love for Small Plates Records. Their roster may be small, but never has the phrase ‘size doesn’t matter’ been more appropriate.

The latest release, and the labels first 12″, comes from Andrew Balasia, aka Gracie, whose dreamy, washed out EP, Treehouse, came out earlier this month. Yesterday, his latest video, for “Tryck R Treat” hit the net.

The video was directed by Christopher Dane Watson, and to be honest, after watching it for the first time, we weren’t entirely sure if someone had slipped something in our drink, or we’d just downloaded the Intersect to our brain. We did have an urge to go and start a fire, join a skeleton orchestra and watch old cartoons though.

Once you have watched the video below, you can go stream the EP via Soundcloud or buy it on lovely vinyl direct from Small Plates Records

Gracie- Tryck R Treat from andrew balasia on Vimeo.