Andy Clark is a UK based artist who sees the release of his new album ‘I Love Joyce Morris‘ scheduled for the 30th August. The album title “I Love Joyce Morris” refers to his children. Metaphorically referring to the saying “You’re the apple of my eye”. Andy uses the name of his local apple orchard Joyce Morris, inviting the audience to solve the puzzle of the album title.
Firstly, the genius of the album does not limit itself to the naming, nor the message that makes up a large portion of the experience. The genius comes from Andy Clark himself and the ability to echo the best parts of current songwriters, and still find a niche all of his own. ‘But For You‘ easily slips into my favourites list from the album. As it is already a release, this is the best way to experience the joy that in Andy’s release.
“The biggest credit that I can give ‘Welcome to the party‘, is that it is reminiscent of a soundtrack to a New Years Eve celebration on TV.”
I could spend most of the day trying to find the correct terminology to perfectly summarise “I Love Joyce Morris”. And I partly feel that my efforts would result in a loss. Mainly because there is a touching quality to the release that is summarised by the individual. However, I would happily agree that this album sounds amazing, that it manages to engage the audience. I am over the moon to say that I enjoyed it wholeheartedly. But to find words that really convey this emotion and experience in its entirety is difficult. I’ll try to explain why.
Firstly, the album opens with an amazing track in ‘Welcome to the party‘. It is a measured, thoughtful and incredibly well-crafted soundscape. It feels as if the very best parts of Andy and his feeling towards family is represented throughout. It’s got incredible tenacity. It is a celebration, and takes me back to original Jason Mraz releases such as ‘Make it Mine‘. It has a big band feel. ‘Welcome to the party‘ would not be out of place in a feel-good playlist. It is just layered in so much incredible imagination. From little effects, from the placement of instruments in the mix.
“Andy Clark combines various elements that always remind me of just where I had hung my hat of expectation upon listening. I find myself satisfied with my return for the investment of time.”
‘Welcome to the party‘ screams chart-topping. The biggest credit that I can give ‘Welcome to the party‘, is that it is reminiscent of a soundtrack to a New Years Eve celebration on TV. As an example, when someone such as Take That leads you into 00:00 and you’re wanting a party atmosphere. Andy has got just that with this formula. Percussion aplenty, imagination aplenty and feeling? Aplenty.
Midway through the album, I come across a track called ‘Socks and Shoes‘. The track itself is a nice change in tone. Whilst managing to carry through the aesthetics of the album, I feel that it is refreshing enough to refocus attention on the ‘big band’ sound that the album neatly nestles into its core. Andy combines various elements that always remind me of just where I had hung my hat of expectation upon listening. And I find myself satisfied with my return for the investment of time.
In conclusion, the album itself is a masterpiece. Andy can continue to be overjoyed in the knowledge that his music will continue to be well recieved. Also, it will continue to stick with audiences. From the big-band sound, to just putting a little smile on the faces of the listener. Andy has everything to be proud of, and much more to look forward to yet in his career as a musician.