Bastille’s ‘Joy’ genuinely fun

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It’s been three years since indie pop/rock group Bastille released an album, and no one has been waiting as excitedly as I have.

Well, the wait is nearly over.

Last Thursday, Bastille released the song “Joy,” which is one of eleven songs that will be on the upcoming “Doom Days” album, which is set to be released on June 14. The tracks “Quarter Past Midnight” and the album’s title track, “Doom Days,” were both released in advance of the album as well. The band has been reported by several sources as saying that the album is like an “apocalyptic house party,” and that becomes apparent when listening to “Quarter Past Midnight” and “Doom Days,” both of which have darker lyrics and a more wild tone than the most recent release.

“Joy” was instantly my favorite of the three currently released tracks. The song starts describing someone who has woken up on the kitchen floor after a wild night and the guilt they feel, but as soon as they get a call from the person that is important to them, they feel better. Its combination of upbeat lyrics and instrumentals, which is not in line with Bastille’s style of using one or the other, was surprising, but it was the chorus that really captured my attention. The lyrics of the chorus read: “Oh Joy, when you call me/I was giving up, oh, I was giving in/Joy, set my mind free/I was giving up, oh, I was giving in.”

The lyrics aren’t very complex, but their placement in the song is wonderful. “Joy” is the story of someone seeing someone else as the bright spot in their life. It’s uplifting and a good contrast to the other two released tracks.

This contrast seems to be exactly what Bastille intended.

“That glimmer of hope at the end of the album says everything,” Bastille’s lead singer Dan Smith said in a statement when referring to “Joy.” “The smallest human gesture can pull you back from the brink.”

I have always seen Bastille’s music as fun, but with darker undertones. I never considered their music to be truly uplifting because that was not the kind of band they were. With one song, however, they seemed to have proven me wrong. “Joy” still possesses the depth and complexity that listeners have come to expect from Bastille’s music, but in an uplifting and genuinely fun way.

Bastille has already proven themselves to be a group of four very talented musicians and their return to the music industry has done nothing but solidify that for me. If the first three tracks off the upcoming “Doom Days” album already have me this excited, then I can hardly wait to see what elements the full album possesses.

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