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Joyeur - 'How to Love Yourself and Not Destroy Everything'

by Thomas Bedward July 13, 2022

Joyeur - 'How to Love Yourself and Not Destroy Everything'

An alt-pop project from the creative heart of Los Angeles, Joyeur has shown the world a soaring introspective side to her music with the release of her gorgeous ten-track LP, 'How to Love Yourself and Not Destroy Everything'.

An album that celebrates life, along with the joys and pains of learning to love yourself, Joyeur's new album is a wave of pulsating bass, rich vocals, and alt-pop melancholy, creating an enchanting and honest sound that is sure to impress. Musically, the album is a textured journey of intricately crafted pop landscapes, all of which grow and evolve with their own character and deep emotive flourishes.

Throughout the album, tracks like 'Destroyer' and 'Underbelly' shines with instropsective charm, showcasing a unique talent for raw confessional sounds and brave, vulnerable moments. Elsewhere, tracks like 'Fish' delivers elements of old-school R&B, while 'Don't Wanna T' revels in stripped-back production, allowing the vocals to shine before it all drops into a trippy techno sweet spot with 'Ultraviolet Techno'.

Speaking about the album, Joyeur explained, "The album explores human themes of hopefulness, perseverance, self-acceptance and self-sabotage—experiences that have guided my writing from the beginning. I feel like I’ve torn the veil off my pain, fear, and insecurities to reveal power that can be used for good. Empowering and accepting myself in this way feels like a gateway to letting love in and stop undermining my own wants and needs. I can be my own worst enemy."

Since making her debut, Joyeur has continued to make her mark with a deviant, beat-driven, feminist expression of alternative R&B and pop with songs that arouse movement. Armed with gorgeous melodies, primitive bass-lines, buzzing synthesizers, and effortless hooks she has become a true icon of the modern age, and 'How to Love Yourself and Not Destroy Everything' is possibly the most expressive illustration of her sound so far.

Score: 9/10

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