Listen: New Joy Downer Single ‘A Song You’d Never Want to Hear’ is Synth-Pop Perfection
A quick scan through the online presence of adorable pixie Joy Downer reveals a neon hued world, perfectly ideologically aligned with the ’80s tinged electro dream pop that she’s been making these last few years. A one-time model and Mormon, the LA based singer creates, with help from husband Jeff—he of the perfectly complimentary surname—a sparkly bed of blips, bloops, and tremolo guitars, over which her breathy vocals spin tales of urban ennui.
During that short time, Downer has also been busy scoring some impressive placements, with her music featured on various MTV and Netflix shows. Her snippet of “Over The Rainbow” in a 2017 Honda ad was a study in delightful simplicity.
As with all of us, the Downers have been forced to adjust to extended home stays of late; but that hasn’t stopped the pair from finishing up a new album, Paper Moon, which will be released this June. But right now we’re excited for the release today of the advance, and contradictorily titled single, “A Song You’d Never Want to Hear”—with its Depeche/Kraftwerk synth constructions, and Joy lyrically admitting, “I still don’t know / Why I didn’t let you let me go.”
“I wrote it as I do most my songs, in a stream of consciousness,” she explains. “Start singing and see where it takes me. It put me back in the mindset of my 17 year old self, how it resonated with who I was when I used to write romantic sappy songs for my high school boyfriend. He never really cared for my songs, or for my singing. I valued and very much wanted his approval. Even though he cheated on me, lied to me, made me feel horrible about myself…I wanted him to want me I guess.”
Surely, we’ve all been there.