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No Joy

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Laura Lloyd and Jasmine White-Gluz's band takes its name from a piece of military aviation jargon, meaning "I have been unsuccessful" or "I have no information." It also suggests an aggressively minimalist life. No Joy's debut, Ghost Blonde, exists in a world of stark negation and antipathy. Yet, in true shoegazer fashion, the band piles on layers of contradictions. At times, the record is spartan and monochromatic, but it's also plush and welcoming. Amid the band's churning of '80s and '90s influences — Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Sister-era Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo — a true stunner emerges: Ghost Blonde's closing title track, a buzzsaw-guitar epic. The band's live show should be its own intimate explosion.

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