My Disco – Little Joy Album Review

If you’re expecting a traditional dance party from Australia’s My Disco, you’re expecting wrong. My Disco takes the tasteful, throbbing repetition used so well by bands like Clinic — or more recently, Suuns — and amps up the percussive elements tenfold, while deconstructing the songwriting into minimal bits. My Disco is the drum circle, Psychic Ills’ version of dancey art rock, a meandering band that has little or no concern for traditional songwriting structures. Most of the tracks on Little Joy — which sounds far from “joyful,” by the way — can be broken down into a few notes and sounds.

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“Young,” for example, is nearly nine-minutes-long, but more than half of it remains constant, its bombastic use of drumming made for one to tromp around blindly. Halfway through the album, “Sunray” appropriately brings in some light; on this track, the most melodic guitar elements of the whole record are found, but this is short-lived. The next track, “Lil’ Joy,” takes the album back to darker places, though now with more subdued drum elements and what sound like heavier basslines.

For the duration of Little Joy, there are few melodies to hang onto; rather, there are is a whole slew of monotone vocals, and musical tendencies which would translate well into monochromes. It’s a dark, stylistic endeavor crafted for the approval of a very specific audience — that which enjoys music of the experimental and hypnotic variety. My Disco will enthuse a few, but those few will be very enthused.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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