Joey Fourr steps above the rest
By Steffen Armstrong
I'll admit it, I've been addicted to a song for nearly three weeks now. In fact, the entire album of Joey Fourr's 2015 To The Floor has been ringing in my ears for some time. But hear me out, because track one My Dolphins and you're sold. It's that easy. "Playing baseball with my dolphins, scored a home run, took me ages"; enter guitar and bass. Wow. With this breakthrough début album Joey Fourr has proved he knows how to play it cool, and what's more, has proved that he is well and truly a step above the rest right now in the world of Indie and Alternative music (I'm just gutted I was late to the party)!
"Of course I knew it was cool I wanted the whole song to reek of cool but doesn't mean I would get away with it , you just gotta make stuff that you think is silly, and makes you laugh, and runs the chance of you looking stupid, and some people will get the joke and others won't".
So goes the style of Joey Fourr. To The Floor is a 12 track record which pushes the boundaries. Nearly every song on there tells it's own cool, but what else would you expect from an album with a cover scorched bare with a hot pop tart? Writing this I twice over play the record and never once considered skipping. A rarity in this world of Spotify and online streaming. There's track after track of gold, commencing with the aptly named Gold Boy, a quick and pulsating number with a sweet voice and guitar to match. Jewels carries on in the same vein with it's equally addictive chorus "are you gonna be my friend", and Dirty Hole infiltrates the brain give-me-more-styley with simply one of the most engaging and building verses "staying in is a Friday night". Yeah, feel the drones!
"People have compared me to Ariel Pink and Connan Mockasin, I had never heard their songs before so I had a listen and they were real nice sounding. There are lots of people I feel like I mentally share the same sort of ideas on how to go about making music, but our music is completely different, does that pass the test of being contemporaries?"
I could mention every track on the album, but do you know what? LISTEN INSTEAD. Thankfully, the magic doesn't stop there. Joey Fourr has already released his first single since the inspiring début in the shape of PLAYY. It's the precursor to what is to be Joey's second album release, and by the looks of it, he's carrying on from where he left off. The dolphins continue in spirit and earring, in this throw back to the golden 90's 'cali-for-na-eyy' vibe.
How do you like that? Thought so. I don't know if it's the keyboard vibes, heavy D bass line or the close ups of Joey's chin, but it's gone straight to the top of the Third Outing leader board. But fear not, if you've been scrolling around the Joey Fourr website, Bandcamps and so on and forth for more magic material, there's a special treat on it's way even before the big second release...when we asked Joey for his favourite track from the album, in typical curve ball fashion, it was one which didn't even make the cut. A song from the sessions entitled TINY TINY is yet to see daylight and will be released on a compilation by label No Dice Tapes very very soon.