Mr. Joy, first came to our attention via the news of their forthcoming self-titled collaboration album with Matthew “Doc” Dunn, known as Dr. Joy, which is set for release at the end of August.
Naturally, the journey as a listener started not longer after. Holding an ear to the band’s 2020 release, the novel-esque titled The Dreamer’s Workbook, it’s clear that listening to Yes! Yes! Yes!, the band’s follow-up EP (or, if you want to get pedantic, mini-LP), Mr. Joy (Blob – vocals, Harrison Forman – bass, Steven McPhail – guitars/samples, Asher Gould-Murtagh – drums, mixing, engineering) are a band that aim to move things forward as quickly as possible.
Following the release of The Dreamer’s Workbook, three of the band’s four members have flown the coop from their native Toronto, with Forman all but going off-grid, spending last winter residing in his trailer whilst embarking across the American deserts.
Whilst also possessing those aforementioned drifter vibes, think of all the excessively good things in life that are bad for you. The two that spring to mind are sugar and sun, and Mr. Joy provide ample amounts of both on Yes! Yes! Yes! – a skip through those flowery fields amid the sun-drenched soundscapes of hippified psychedelia.
The goodness starts with Find; a meandering psych-pop beauty that’s like closing your eyes and staring at the sun. So too the follow-up, Do Ri Mi, with Mr. Joy ditching the bedroom for open fields. Think Polyphonic Spree tripping on cough syrup and you won’t be too far off.
In the sun-drenched haze of that cough syrup trip is Temptation. A light-headed dub-inspired meditative psychedelic sprawl. It’s the kind of song that simply makes you smile, which basically encompasses Yes! Yes! Yes!
While The Dreamer’s Workbook was like an abstract journal that made its listeners hunt for the treasure, Mr. Joy make it easier on Yes! Yes! Yes! There’s no need to fossick for the gold here; it’s laid out bare for us to devour.
Yes! Yes! Yes! is out now via Blob Records. Purchase from Bandcamp.