Self-recorded and self-produced over the majority of 2020 – through a year of strife, solitude and reflection – The Witness finds the band holding a magnifying glass over their own default state of playing and performing. “There’s something interesting about the idea of a collective witness, being a witness to the time we’re living in now,” vocalist-guitarist Ben Shemie reflects.
VIP Edition is Black & Pink Pinwheel vinyl, limited to 500 & includes an exclusive bonus flexi-disc of SUUNS cover of Colder's "Crazy Love." Limited Edition Bright Blue LP, Black LP, CD & Digital also available right this way…
Jason Albertini has solidified and simplified the Helvetia sound with new album Essential Aliens. The character of the recordings are informed with warm fuzz and intimate room sounds. The songs are short blasts of psychedelic chill, unrooted by genre, a rummage around an alien radio dial.
The visual elements were inspired by a recurring dream in which Jason's life is turned upside-down by a ghostly force. The dreams culminate in Jason awaking convinced that he, too, is a ghost.
VIP Edition is ltd to 400 on ‘Cerulean Blue Inside Ectoplasm Clear' vinyl & comes with Flexi of new unreleased track “For Sam”. Also available in Ectoplasm Clear LP & Digital.
Over the last 18 months, we have engaged in an experiment with Lou Barlow known as the "Artist Enabler Club". This incredible series consisted of countless new and archival songs being released in limited formats to club members – AND had the effect of creating a ton of amazing music that wouldn't have existed otherwise. The culmination of this creative experiment is Lou’s new LP, Reason To Live.
Featuring 17 new songs, this is Lou Barlow’s first full-length in 6 years (since 2015's Brace The Wave). Subscribers to Lou's Artist Enabler Club, have likely already received the ultra special early limited edition of this record. Formats available now, Light Blue Vinyl, CD, Light Pink Cassette, & Digital.
OUT NOW: No Joy Can My Daughter See Me From Heaven
If you were as enchanted with No Joy's 2020 album Motherhood as we were, then we've got quite the treat for you. No Joy has revisited and reinvented some of her favorite tracks for the new EP Can My Daughter See Me From Heaven. CMDSMFH sees principal songwriter Jasamine White-Gluz mining and exploring fresh avenues, bringing you an orchestral interpretation of choice tracks from Motherhood. The new EP defies expectation and genre, cementing No Joy as something rare: a band without a category.
Available in Limited to 100 ’Mood Ring Coffin' Cassette (Sold out!) Other formats available are unlimited Cassette + Digital. Check it out right this way…
The new 26-minute Emigrant EP is a lush bluegrass-inspired album referencing the brutal history and harsh climate of the American West. Arranged and recorded over the last year (in Emigrant, Montana), this EP serves as a time capsule of the 2020 condition as it meditates on the anxieties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the comforts of nature, the pains of resource-fueled conflicts, and the resiliency that emerges from struggle.
Physical formats shipping 5/21/2021 & Digitally out now everywhere you listen! VIP Edition is ltd to 500 on ‘Mountain Peak’ vinyl, & includes a 7" bonus Flexi-Disc. Also available in ‘Mountain Spring’ Clear Vinyl + digital right this way…
During the mid-1980s, Christian heavy metal began to emerge in American popular culture. ‘Electric Jesus’ tells the fictional story of one of those groups: a teenage Christian metal band called 316.
Any decent fictional rock biopic requires a convincing soundtrack, and Electric Jesus’ director Chris White found the perfect collaborator in Daniel Smith (Danielson, Danielson Famile, Brother Danielson). Smith is known for his highly unique vocal style, which is characterized by the frequent use of a screeching falsetto. Serendipitously, this sound overlaps perfectly with the screaming falsetto vocals of hair metal.
Available on 2xLP splatter vinyl (limited to 316) & 2xLP black vinyl, both with deluxe gatefold artwork.
Joyful Noise is not your standard record label... We are artistic facilitators for a wide variety of adventurous musicians.
We aren't focused on any particular genre, nor are we particularly focused on popularity. We value art over commerce,
and we exist to empower our artists to create the most meaningful work possible.
Since our humble beginning in 2003, Joyful Noise has grown a diverse roster of bands including: Kishi Bashi, Deerhoof, WHY?,
Tropical Fuck Storm, Son Lux, Joan of Arc, El Ten Eleven, Swamp Dogg, Ohmme, The Ophelias, Dale Crover, SUUNS, Sleep Party People,
Magic Sword, The Low Anthem, No Joy, Danielson, Oneida, Rob Crow, Sound of Ceres, Lou Barlow, and many others.
We have also released a slew of limited specialty releases on inventive formats (such as multi-spindle-holed vinyl, cassette box sets,
hybrid CD-records, a cymbal-record, etc.), and have created numerous record series such as
our VIP Editions
and White Label Series.
We like to push the boundaries of traditional formats, and make our physical releases as artful as the music they contain.
Joyful Noise is run by a small group of just 10 people who strive to create one of the most artist-friendly labels on the planet,
both in terms of artistic freedom and financial transparency. We also believe in social justice, and often use our label platform
to organize benefit releases for
struggling or marginalized communities around the world. We even started a "church" to help struggling musicians.
Our home base is in the great city of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.