Little Joy sounds as casual as the collaboration that produced it, said Mikael Wood in Billboard. This whimsical side project by Rodrigo Amarante of Brazil’s Los Hermanos, Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, and Moretti’s girlfriend, Binki Shapiro, stemmed from a serendipitous encounter at a music festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Named after a bar in Echo Park, a bohemian neighborhood of Los Angeles, Little Joy plays a “laid-back brand of indie pop.” Just as the Strokes’ “caffeinated jungle depicts the hustle and bustle of Manhattan,” this trio’s sultry melodies reflect the easy-breezy attitude of the West Coast. The “vibe is closing time at the Beachcomber,” said Will Hermes in Rolling Stone. Amarante brings tropicalia and Latin flavors to the table while Moretti adds a gritty, urbane quality as he tackles the drums, plays guitar, and adds backing vocals. This is the sound of “indie rock getting its global groove on” again. Formed on a whim, the band has a “casual easiness,” which provides “most of its charm,” said Emily Mackay in New Musical Express. “Don’t Watch Me Dancing” washes over you like “soft waves on a weary shore.” “With Strangers” is “hammock-worthy.” So sit back and appreciate Little Joy’s little pleasures.
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