Melding delicately spun vocals and stylish dream pop, the newly formed southern California duo Joyner are raising eyebrows and generating a lot of buzz with their upcoming eponymous extended play, out this coming May 18th. Unlike other acts that are emerging from the L.A. indie rock scene at the moment, Joyner not only embrace minimalistic sensibilities but instead champion them. Comprised of sisters Summer and Torrey Joyner, their synth-tinged brand of pop music isn’t particularly elaborate in structure, but as is the case with most of the finer things in life, less is definitely more in this scenario.
Although formed just last year, the Joyner sisters have been collaborating together musically for over a decade. Their trust in each other is quite evident on their debut release, as the two work in perfect synchronicity through the four tracks offered here. The EP is led by the hot single “White Lights,” which opens with a muted, almost Massive Attack style sleekness. The soft vocal blends into the piano keys to create a rich, endearing harmony that leaves a faint echo in its wake. There’s a fuzzy spike in the middle that drowns out the treble and bass for a second, and it suddenly feels like we’re completely isolated from reality; underwater almost, hearing everything through a muffled filter. I couldn’t help but think of the suspended, freeform noise ofLoveless by My Bloody Valentine when I first listened to “White Lights,” as much like the legendary shoegaze band, Joyner knows how to take us into complete aural seclusion to teach us how to really appreciate their medium.
“Blue Love,” is another little piece of heaven in itself, driven by a playfully psychedelic sway that produces a sensationally catchy hook in the chorus. Joyner has plenty of soul in their sound to be proud of, as the duet on this song shows off with prowess. There’s a uniquely Los Angeles vibe to all of the songs on this extended play; the mad desire to take a long run along the beach in the morning, the symphony of sounds that the urban city center churns out 24 hours a day, the fantastical nature of the city itself, a place where a million dreams are chased and another million come true every day. This pair is as provocative as the city they seek to rule over.
I would love to see what kind of energy that Joyner brings out of the studio and onto the stage with them in a live performance. With such a young, fresh act that is demonstrating an ocean of potential, the next step in following up this EP will be putting together a successful tour to support it and keep the momentum going at the swift tempo it is now. Because if there’s one thing that I know about the music business, and the SoCal scene in particular, it’s that once you’ve got your fire going, you have to keep it burning (and burning big), because there are plenty of elements in nature that can put it out as fast as it started. Until we have the chance to catch them live, check out Joyner’s official website to get a glimpse of their artistry and download their new record when it drops next week.