No Joy - Pastel And Pass Out (Ltd 12" EP)

No Joy - Pastel And Pass Out (Ltd 12" EP)
No Joy - Pastel And Pass Out (Ltd 12" EP)
Format: Vinyl (12") 
Availability: In Stock
Label (Code): Mexican Summer (MEX176)
Special Attributes: Hand numbered limited edition of 1000.
Release Date: 2013
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"...the most impressive aspect of Pastel and Pass Out is its economy: it takes No Joy less than twelve minutes to refine and expand on the musical ideas they first presented on Wait to Pleasure... " (

"...On opener “Last Boss,” No Joy guides their sedimentary vocal layering with a rough-and-tumble introductory beat and a driving series of arpeggiated bass-taps before overwhelming itself with a coalescing, wall-of-sound guitar line. While its vocals trade off a few melody-lines, the overall progression is static throughout; only the spotlight of instrumentations rotates hands. “Starchild Is Dead” breaks things down with a crash-heavy beat and a series of coalescing builds for a steadily ascending series of siren-like vocal lines—a calm, ethereal bridge breaks the song’s rising tensions only to, of course, launch them anew at full throttle. The EP closes out with the band’s poppiest number to date, “Second Spine.” A sort of middle ground between the first two tracks’ opposing takes on intensity and drive, “Second Spine” keeps a consistently peppy beat while interspersed vocal coos ebb and flow through the song’s spotlights, as well as offering wafting atmospherics just outside of them. If dream-pop’s intent is to gravitate the overwhelming fullness of sound that encapsulates shoegaze toward more distinct, punchy numbers, No Joy’s Pastel and Passed Out is a new notch in the process’s belt..." (Read more:

Track List

1 Last Boss    
2 Starchild Is Dead    
3 Second Spine 

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