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CURRENT JOYS - voyager LP

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Current Joys - the project of Nick Rattigan - signed to Secretly Canadian for its seventh album, Voyager. Voyager rattles with the live-wire feeling that's thrummed through all of Rattigan's previous releases: quavering, scream-itself-hoarse vocals and self-interrogation via song. But here, that bristling, sentimental rock 'n' roll cacophony is overlaid with a soundtrack orchestra guiding it along. It's an odyssey, a grand-sounding journey of self-discovery spread across sixteen tracks. Part ekphrasis, part personal, it's Rattigan learning new ways to understand his own feelings and identity while inspired by the highly-stylized, striking storytelling of filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Lars Von Trier, Terrence Malick, Agnès Varda, and Andrei Tarkovsky. Voyager, Rattigan's most mature release to date, is an evolution built on Current Joys' prolific output since 2013. Each piece of Current Joys' previous discography is wholly built and envisioned by Rattigan, self-recorded and quickly released, quivering with a lonely intensity. On Voyager, Rattigan eschews lo-fi home recordings for a full band and recording sessions at Stinson Beach Studios.