The recent collaboration between emo acts Prawn (NY/NJ-based) and Joie De Vivre (Illinois-based) is a rad split album packed with guitar twinkles and gloomy vocals.
Joie De Vivre starts off the split. Compared to past albums like We’re All Better Than This and The North End, JDV’s three songs on the collaboration are heavier and, production-wise, more lavish. Their stand out track is “Tenspopet”, a unique cross between post-hardcore and the dreaminess of Real Estate.
Prawn’s two songs end the EP. The group's serene, alluring sound puts them in the realm of similar post-emo acts like Foxing and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Their “Why You Always Leave A Note” shifts between a grungy, head-bopping groove and a galactic, luxurious guitar storm.
A downside to the Joie De Vivre and Prawn split is that it’s, vocally, very whiny. Nonetheless, it’s truly divine, and a great album for this dreary winter.
7.6 / 10
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