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Joey Pizza Slice Announces New Album, Shares First Single

Joey Pizza Slice Announces New Album, Shares First Single

Joey Agresta is a junk shop cashier in Burlington, Vermont who moonlights as a mad doctor style musician, crafting strangely layered, skewed pop songs on an eraser headless tape recorder under a mouthful of culinary themed names. His releases under monikers like Joey Pizza Slice, Son of Salami, Salami Junior, etc, have graced dedicated weirdo labels like Night PeopleFeeding Tube Records, Goaty Tapes, OSR Tapes and more. For his newest, upcoming release, Let’s Not Talk About Music, which he has announced today, Agresta has forgone the cured meat sobriquets for his own given name, signifying the more serious subject matter of the record. “I Feel Like Shit And I Want To Die,” the first single from the record, finds Agresta embracing a lo-fi jangle pop sound, with bright, chiming guitars and a casiotone organ evoking a shambolic hymn. The lyrics, like the title, are disarmingly straightforward, ruminating on the strain deep sadness can place on relationships, and the anxiety and insecurity that strain evokes. It’s one of the most accessible and relatable things Agresta has ever made; and one of the saddest too.

Listen to the song below. Let’s Not Talk About Music is due out May 12 via Wharf Cat Records.

Estonian Three-Piece Holy Motors Push For Transcendence on "Running Waters"

Estonian Three-Piece Holy Motors Push For Transcendence on

On the opening of their new track “Running Waters,” B-side to their debut 7” single “Heavenly Creatures,” Tallinn, Estonia three-piece Holy Motors acquaints the listener with a somnambulant snaking guitar line before Lauri Raus’s sirenic vocals dare and ensnare, alluring in their delivery, entrapping in their substance. The song is drenched in reverb, a nod to the cinematic expansiveness of a Morricone Spaghetti Western score and the cosmic evocation of the archetypal desert. Between the two verses and choruses of the song and the final instrumental break, the introductory guitar line comes and goes, peeking in at times to check on the listener’s progress and mood. The song hits like the final push for a summit, begging spiritual or psychic transcendence—the voice saying “go on” when you can’t go on, but must.

Heavenly Creatures comes out October 16 on Wharf Cat Records