Never in my life have I ever been more in love with an album upon the first initial listen. I thought that I may have been so excited to listen to the album, that I willed it to be perfect. Not even slightly true. This album is fire from start to finish. I am not going to to make you wait until the end of this review to know that I have given How Do You Feel Now? a 5 star rating!
The album kicks off with Joywave’s latest single, Somebody New. I think that this is such an excellent choice for a single, being that it is an incredible jam. Not only is it perfect for a single, but this song sets the bar so high for the rest of the album. The song itself is so unparalleled by anything I have ever heard before. The music video channels the same unique ambience in its production.
We continue our multi-sensory adventure with the song, I believe, put Joywave on the map- Tongues ft. KOPPS. There is nothing in the world of music that means more to me than when a good band becomes a great band because they know how to utilize a synthesizer. Tongues is so unconventionally brilliant, and deserves every bit of hype it has ever gotten.
A standout track, for me, would have to be Destruction. It begins with a call and answer sort of game. A voice calls for a sound. A sound is produced. The voice encourages another sound to be composed. Again, another sound is produced. Once the song kicks off, it is very easy to see how many different parts are moving. The bass presence is so strong, and Lorde only knows how much of a sucker I am for a sick bass line. This has to be one of my favorite songs from the album because so much is going on at once, yet it still works.
Now is another very beautiful track on the album. All of the songs on the track list are relatively upbeat, but Now is definitely one of the slower ones. I really appreciate the feeling of freedom that envelopes me when I listen to this song.
I am not sure why I feel this way, but this album gives me industrial vibes. I imagine different machinery being used to make music. A prime example of this, is in the song Parade. The synthesized elements and quiet vocals are absolutely enchanting. This is also a perfect opportunity to address the flawless transitions throughout the entire album.
One of the most important transitions, I feel, is from Parade to In Clover. Dialogue from the Walt Disney Movie, Bambi, addresses clover and provides an astounding segue. At first, I thought that the ending of Parade was the beginning of In Clover, until I put the album on shuffle! In Clover is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I have a soft spot for a solid falsetto, and this album is chock-full of it!
The next song is Feels Like a Lie. This song provides me with the most mellow vibes, yet very dancey vibes, at the same time. I don’t exactly know how that is possible, but if anyone could do it, I suppose it would be Joywave.
When I look at an album and see a song over four minutes long, I go through two waves of emotion. First, is excitement. I am usually overjoyed at the thought of a song captivating me for more than four minutes. Next, I feel distress. I wonder how long I am going to have to sit through a stale track, in order to get to the climax. Then, there is the wonder if the song will ever build at all. Traveling at the Speed of Light did not even allow me to get past the first wave. Every single part of this song is so alluring and hypnotic, that I would not mind listening to this seven minute song on repeat. The instrumentation is impeccable allows the song to dissolve perfectly into the next.
We keep moving to another personal favorite, Nice House. I can wholeheartedly say that this is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in my 18 years of existence. This song is particularly somber, in the most euphonious of ways. This is another song that has a flawless transition into the next.
Nice House ends with, what I believe to be, a harp. It is the most gorgeous ending that has ever graced my ears. It flows perfectly into the final track of the album, Bad Dreams. Now, I know that I said a lot of songs were personal favorites, but this song is the favorite among all favorites. It starts out rather slow, and as it builds you hear “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” in the background. This seems quite fitting since I was praising a higher power for the existence of this album. The vocals are so unique and magnetizing.
The album began streaming on Spotify a week before its April 21st release, and I can say that even when I try to listen to other music, I find myself going back to How Do You Feel Now?. I imagine that a lot of hard work went into the production on this album, but when I listen to it, everything seems so effortless. How Do You Feel Now? makes me feel everything, every single time I listen to it. I love every minute of it. If you are looking for music to listen to, I absolutely cannot push any album harder. Do yourself a favor and add this to your playlist today!
1. Somebody New
2. Carry Me
7. In Clover
8. Feels Like a Lie
9. Traveling at the Speed of Light
10. Nice House
11. Bad Dreams