No Joy Pastel And Pass Out EP on 12" Vinyl
Montreal's No Joy followed up their sophomore LP, Wait to Pleasure (2013), with the EP Pastel And Pass Out the same year. Engineered by Jorge Elbrecht, the 3-track offering finds the trio shredding through a similar soundscape: striking a balance between the blistering walls of noise they're renowned for, with airy, expansive atmospherics that allow the songs to breathe and the melodies to seep through. Opener "Last Boss" showcases this dynamic, with Jasamine White-Gluz's airy vocals dancing around the clear space of the verses, before the chorus' wall of pummeling guitars fill all voids. "Star Child is Dead"‘s buzz-saw guitars ascend to a druggy, blissed-out peak, whilst "Second Spine" might be the band's poppiest song yet: comparatively stripped back, allowing for the gorgeous melody and backing vocal coos to properly shine.