Wait To Pleasure may not provide you with any new answers about No Joy, but what it does offer is a batch of incredible new songs, the product of the Montreal noise-pop band’s first foray in a fully-furnished studio environment. Here the band has flourished, delivering their finest set to date, rooted heavily in shoegaze ripcurls and devastating melody, finishing sentences whispered long ago with depth, variance and force. Jasamine White-Gluz, Laura Lloyd and Garland Hastings knock down the fence between nostalgia and modernity, chaos and control, in a perfectly realized work.
No Joy still sounds like a shoegaze band, but on Wait To Pleasure you can hear what’s happening under the surface, a work that subverts the expectations of where a latter-day approach to that genre might be able to take the listener. “We get a lot of the ob...