Joey Del - American Cherries

"American Cherries" is the debut LP from Massachusetts singer/songwriter Joey Del. After cutting their teeth as a songwriter with emo darlings Mallcops, they've shifted their focus over to their synth pop solo project. "American Cherries" retains the catchy hooks and pop sensibilities of earlier EPs and singles, but trades in its fun dance beats for a more melancholy attitude. Even more upbeat tracks like "Pockets" and "Makes Me Wanna Pray" are tinged with somber undertones. Despite this, "American Cherries" is a record of hope and mourning, not despair.

FFO: Sufjan Stevens, Sparklehorse, the Antlers

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