Hello Joyce — Couch Thoughts I’m gonna go ahead and say it. This fucking record from Tampa dream-poppers Hello Joyce is sparkly, and I love it. For 27 minutes, bassist Jared Hanlon, multi-instrumentalist Kyle D. Muti, drummer Nicolas Remy, guitarist Cameron Grant tap friends to bring sax and trumpet to a record that sometimes celebrates sloth (“Getting Fatter”) or pens tear-jerking odes to loyalty (“I’m Your Hound”), but always does it with a big fat wurlitzer-sounding paint brush that leaves everything it touches shimmering in its wake. “I want to live outside myself. I want to live with heart,” the band sings on Couch Thoughts’ title track. You are, boys, and it sounds too damn good.
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