My Disco: Little Joy
“To get closer/Or even aware of where to begin.” It’s an auspicious start for a record, announcing the start with no pretense, but as the line is repeated over stomping drums and building instrumentation, you can’t help but dance. Australia’s My Disco indulges in the kind of dance music that rock fans can feel good about, with heavy drums and minimalistic guitars winding together to make simple songs spraw into full-out jams. If Mogwai were ever inspired to make songs that would get their audiences moving to complex time signatures, they would probably sound something like what’s offered up on Little Joy.
Even when lyrics are lacking on the record, there’s a feeling that each song is building toward something. The energy is contagious, the melody infectious. Three minutes or ten, it doesn’t really matter how long a song is because you’ll be moving from the beginning of the album until its conclusion nearly an hour later, as the bass slowly weaves around the drumline and the silence finally creeps in for the final remaining seconds.