Best Local Albums 2017: Hello Joyce shimmers quite nicely on Couch Thoughts

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Hellp Joyce


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.

See a full recap of the year's best local albums in the new issue of Creative Loafing Tampa. Check out the full list via cltampa.com/music. Call your local record store to see if it has this release.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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