Album review

Joy Zipper - American Whip

Postponed due to record label restructuring, Joy Zipper's American Whip arrives a year on from its scheduled release date, but it's been worth the wait. With David Holmes and Kevin Shields assisting with the production duties, the sound is smooth and dense, an engaging drone-pop murmur in the vein of Mazzy Star or a more sedate JAMC, like stinging velvet. Vinny Cafiso and Tabitha Tindale's lyrical concerns include love, lies, dreams, drugs, and a particularly acute consciousness of the passage of time, from childhood reminiscence on "Ron" to fear of senility on "Alzheimers", confronted through arrangements burnished with summery harmonies and silky strings. Gorgeous.

Rating: 4 / 10


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