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Idée Fixe Records

Released: 17.09.21







Dr. Joy is the collaborative alias of Canadian cosmic pop quartet Mr. Joy and psych-folk songwriter Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn: it was only a matter of time before the Toronto underground scene brought them together. Their seamless collage music takes listeners to an indolent place – there is absolutely nothing to do there, yet the feeling is one of quiet contentment rather than of boredom.

The lightness recalls the sweet sample-based pop of British group The Shortwave Set and the soulful electronic soundscapes of Air. But mostly Dr. Joy have fashioned their own secret enclave. What amazes me is that it should feel so fully formed and complete. Every element providentially falls into place: this is something which rarely happens – in music or in life.


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