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Wye Oak’s Andy Stack comes through with a record of thoughtful, widescreen rock as Joyero. Release The Dogs (Release The Hounds, surely?) harks back to that period in the late-2000’s when the likes of The Antlers, The National and Grizzly Bear were turning out LPs full of tender and emotional indie tuneage. It’s a welcome return to a sound we wish we heard more of these days. ‘Dogs’ is the hit.

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Release the Dogs by Joyero
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7/10 Will 20 August 2019

Joyero is the solo project of Andy Stack (a veritable 'Toast of London' name if I ever heard one) who's one half of Wye Oak and a Lambchop collaborator among other things. He's delivered his debut record 'Release the Dogs' which is a great indie-electronica record in the vein of Arcade Fire or the Magnetic Fields. 

This record has much of what I like on a record: industrial percussion, mournful vocals, drum machines, synths, and the occasional blast of glitchy distortion. There are plenty of chewy bangers here as well as lots of surprising moments like when the distorted drums and bass kick in on 'Salt Mine'. It's a dark record but an exhilarating one too. If you're an indie kid that flirts with Einstürzende Neubauten, and who knows their Autechre from their Autechre then this is a record for you. 

I think where this record falls down is on the actual songs themselves. As I've mentioned, the sounds are amazing but some of the songs are a bit forgettable. There's substance to this record but not enough for 'Release the Dogs' to be truly brilliant. 


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Joyero - Dogs (Official Music Video) - YouTube



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