No Joy / Sonic Boom – No Joy/Sonic Boom (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

No Joy / Sonic Boom – No Joy/Sonic Boom (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 23:57 minutes | 260 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Joyful Noise Recordings

Jasamine White-Gluz, the principal songwriter of Canadian shoegaze/noise pop band No Joy, and Sonic Boom, aka Spaceman 3 co-founder Pete Kember, have joined forces for a new EP. The collaborative effort is simply titled “No Joy/Sonic Boom” and is due out March 30th via Joyful Noise. Described in a press release as a “synth pop” EP with notes of “electronica, trip-hop and experimental noise”, the four-track effort came about from White-Gluz’s desire to explore music away from a four-piece “rock band”. No Joy / Sonic Boom is an experiment in testing boundaries and stepping out of comfort zones gone cosmically right.

As a first listen to No Joy/Sonic Boom, the duo have shared a radio edit of “Obsession”. The EP version stretches over 11 minutes, but this six-and-a-half-minute cut does plenty to demonstrate how the pair work together. The first half is a disco track that’s been caught in the trance of electronic music, bumping and catchy yet lost in the echo of technology. It’s all overtaken by hypnotic pulses on the back third, something highlighted by the flashing neon visuals of the accompanying video.

01 – Obsession
02 – Slorb
03 – Triangle Probably
04 – Teenage Panic