Soft Power Records latest is a 12 track split LP by Seconds and JOYA which is released on the 1st August. Glasgow’s Seconds are said to have met through sonic crushes on each others’ previous projects and all night bar lock-ins going years back. London’s JOYA are newly reconfigured and sporting the season’s three piece disposition, when pressed JOYA site bands like The Breeders and The Beatles
Both bands have offer listeners six tracks each, the Seconds / JOYA Split LP is available as download and as a limited vinyl run of just 250 copies. Recorded. Mixed & Mastered at No Recording Studio by John Hannon.who has done a good job with both British bands. First Seconds open proceedings with ‘Crawl Space’ an accessible alternative 3 minutes plus song which works, what follows is for the most part, of equal standing carried ably by vocals from Joan Sweeney. Apart from the opener, both ‘Rest’ with winning guitar patterns by Richard McGowan which also evident on ‘Bang To Rights’ both are keepers, with ‘Bleak Hole’ not too far behind.
‘Avenue’ is the first of JOYA’s batch and sits comfortably, the band have been described as peppy songs for pessimistic people or awkward songs for optimists, their music is more darker wrapped within a nifty warm melodies, or am I just as twisted? No matter, with songs as good as ‘Stretch’ and ‘Imagineering’ which is almost bombastic compared to the opening of ‘The Family Resigned’. Robert Sotelo sounds the part on vocal, held higher by J.B Ganivet on guitar.
Dan Akerman provides bass and the percussion of Mikey White together JOYA work.
Two different shades of of alternative indie dream pop I guess, works with me, have a listen below, worthy of multiple listens to a good handful of songs. A thumbs Up. 7.8/10