No matter how hard I try, there’s always a few gems that slip through the cracks and this lovely EP from Supreme Joy almost slid away in the tail end of last year. Boasting songwriting from Could Ghouls’ Ryan Wong and a bass assist from Empty Cellar head Arvel Hernandez, the two tracks are a nice waft of the Ghouls in the absence of new material from that camp. Though, to be fair Wong carves out a bit of his own cosmic country foxhole here and I quite like the shift. There’s a scent of the Ghouls’ jangle, coming across at their most Byrdsian, and the trio flesh this double-shot out with some nice lap steel from Wong and drums from his CG bandmate Alex Fleshman. The A-side is a laconic drift down calm waters. It’s hammock-swung and easy on the ears, with a nice tempo shift that keeps ya on yer toes. The flip spreads out a bit more and showcases what the band has to offer — letting that lap steel shine amid a leathered jangle and bittersweet vocals. Hoping this one isn’t just a lark and there’s more in the pipe, but even if this is all the joy they bring, its a pretty solid offering.
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