Joy Sound II takes the approaches of Small Joy’s first EP further. The separation between more measured computer arranged pieces and all-analogue squalls is gone. Small Joy (Lois Hopwood) has extended her approach in all directions. The clusters of distortion are more distorted, such as on Stepping through Ice; a move towards more rhythmic elements, for example on Proximity F; crashing waves of sound, which on Wish U were here become wincingly loud until a sudden end; and more varied dynamics, with In Cold Water building to an almost oppressive quiet. At 18 minutes, and dubbed on both sides to reduce interruption, Joy Sound II is overpowering.
Artist: Small Joy
Title: Joy Sound II