(21 February 2004) Sonicjoy is an electronica dance band that has recently been
announced as the British Columbia regional winner of the 2004 National
Songwriting Competition in Canada for their song "New Again" off
their debut album, Urban Angel. The group is noted for its
soaring vocals and trippy dance grooves.
The first track, "Never Never Land," combines electronic and acoustic
sounds to create a trance-like melody. Beautiful, rocketing vocals
by Joyelle Brandt capture the listener with her tonal clarity. "Critical
Mass" claims the "energy is rising" and the description is spot-on.
The percussion throughout is magnetic and just makes you want to
dance. Co-writers Brandt and Sam Ryan as well as Mike Jevne bring great
lyrics and and melodies to the forefront. Sonicjoy feature a wide range
of instrumentation in their album including characteristic piano,
guitar/acoustic guitar, synthesizers and traditional drums ranging to
tabla to snake charmer to djembe.
"Transformation" continues with the hypnotic rhythm that has you swaying
to the beat. "Furka" has almost a hindi sound with its whispering interjections
and well-defined vocals. Mia Serra joins Brandt in the vocals for this song.
African beats and thumping sounds bring about a sensuality in their music.
Gentle acoustic guitar riffs in "Ong na mo" lead into an eeriness in "United."
The song awakens to the continued distinctive Sonicjoy percussion. "New Again"
is a refreshing and beguiling dance tune that your body cannot resist moving
The high energy continues throughout the album, ending with the sultry
and soothing vocals and mesmerizing flute melody in a reprise of
"Never Never Land." Sonicjoy has a unique style of electronic and
rhythmic convergence that lends to the allure of their sound. It
is no wonder they were chosen as songwriting winners, and Sonicjoy have
a bright future ahead.--Audrey Elliot in New York