Acclaimed alt pop duo joan today have released their highly anticipated debut album 'superglue', which is over three years in the making. The full length album is shared with accompanying visuals for the title track. The album follows their beloved EPs, and is an existential journey influenced by the duo’s recent transition into fatherhood.
With their album 'superglue', the duo have shared their most personal music to date. Life shaped the subject mater like never before and joan have crafted an undeniably cathartic, candid and expansive indie pop album.
“We naturally felt comfortable in the world of love songs,” says Steven. “This time, we were like, ‘Let’s get more personal’. We both had babies in the past year. We’ve grown more than we have in a long time. It’s so cool watching your baby crawl for the first time and see the world. It organically informed the writing. The whole body of work is so personal - like we’re giving a piece of ourselves to listeners. It’s by far the most special thing we’ve done.”
Highlights include the highly emotive and nostalgic single 'flowers', which discusses how time is fleeting and how people grow and change. Paired with wistful acoustic guitar riffs under cinematic synths and heartfelt melodies, 'flowers' is a reflective and important musical release. While on 'loner' the duo capture the autobiographical feeling of being an outsider and the internal struggle of imposter syndrome. Featuring a hypnotic hook and fervent pop rock soundscapes, 'loner' is an intoxicating listen. The title track 'superglue' speaks to their fatherly bond with one of the most powerful, poignant, and poetic moments on the record.
“As new dads, we were like, ‘What if we wrote this about our girls?’,” recalls Alan. “We want them to know we’re superglue for them. We’re the guys you can run to when you’re sad or you want to rejoice because something happy happened at school. If you’re not a parent, it can be about someone you really care about. We’re singing it to our little girls though.”
In the end, joan elicit a reaction through simply being joan. “I’d love for our name to be synonymous with our sound,” Alan leaves off. “We hope you hear this album and go, ‘That’s the best first joan record they could’ve possibly mustered up’. At the same time, I hope it encourages you to ask questions and know it’s okay not have an answer to everything. The human experience is very nuanced. It’s not all black-and-white; it’s okay to live in the gray. We’ve found joy and peace in there. Maybe our music gives you a little bit of joy in the middle of chaos.”
“I truly believe 'superglue' has something for everyone,” Steven concludes. “Hopefully, everybody in the entire world can hear it…not a hard task,” he laughs.
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