After teasing our ears with a handful of streaming tunes and a string of memorable live performances, the Orlando boys in Day Joy return to Athens with their debut full-length in hand. Go to Sleep, Mess, out now via Small Plate Records, is a stunner, propelled by ethereal harmonies, tinkling banjo and atmospheric strings and buoyed by a sense of tender sorrow. And as any fan of minor keys can tell you, sadness can be devastatingly beautiful. Day Joy is often tagged with the “dream-folk” label, but its music better emulates those moments of solitude that come right before slumber, when you’re bundled up against the world and all your thoughts turn inward. If only all our dreams felt like this.
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