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Wide Awake

by Joy Kills Sorrow

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gtrbri In love with this group. The vocalist is captivating and the mandolin player is so wonderful I just can’t say enough. I do hope they decide to continue. Favorite track: Such Great Heights.
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Ariamaki One of my favorite songs in anything resembling this genre, with a style so unique it's hard to find other similar works. Favorite track: Was It You.
Bob Glaza
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Bob Glaza I love the featured track rhythm. Was hoping to hear more but Bandcamp wants to play only this song. What am I missing?
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kl oconnell playing in cambridge in two weeks! really fantastic! can't wait to see them play again! Favorite track: Get Along.
Shaggy Maggot
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Shaggy Maggot Probably their finest work now becomes swansong as they go separate ways. Favorite track: Working For The Devil.
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Was It You 03:38
Get Along 03:35
Jake 02:41
Enlistee 03:35


Joy Kills Sorrow has always had a knack for writing and performing intimate songs. Now the Boston-based string band is emphasizing their epic side, too, on Wide Awake, the new EP out June 4. The seven-song collection serves as a milepost in the blossoming career of a group the Los Angeles Daily News praised as “virtuoso art folkies who understand the value of being just folks.” Wide Awake features six riveting new original songs that showcase singer Emma Beaton’s soulful, enveloping voice on lush acoustic arrangements fleshed out by Matt Arcara on guitar, Wes Corbett on banjo, Jacob Jolliff on mandolin and Zoe Guigueno on bass. The EP also includes a cover of the Postal Service’s 2003 electro-pop single “Such Great Heights,” which Joy Kills Sorrow has been performing in concert for a while after learning the song during a residency at the Lizard Lounge in Boston. Wide Awake, which follows the full-length albums Darkness Sure Becomes This City in 2010 and This Unknown Science in 2011, is also a chance to introduce listeners to Guigueno, who joined the band last fall. Together, the band members are beginning a new chapter for Joy Kills Sorrow as part of a story that continues to unfold. “It’s a little bit of a new direction for us,” Arcara says. “We’re excited about where it’s going.”


released June 4, 2013


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