Jolly – “The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part II)”

Jolly – “The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part II)” (InsideOut Music)

Conceptually more of a scientific experiment than a musical one, these New Yorkers combined the art of musical production with sociological and neurological data, packaging it all into one cohesive system to create happiness as affected directly by the music! Released in 4 parts, the debut was equally a musical experiment drawing from an extensive range of styles and sounds that was certainly awe inspiring, if not inconclusive in its human goal especially when compared to more primitive bands who achieved happiness to the max lol. Part II of this grand experiment is altogether more straight forward, in the main modern technical rock as defined by songs like ‘Despite The Shell’ or the bombastic bass heavy djent of the likes of ‘Firewell’. Elsewhere there are ambient pieces that draw on tranquil vocals, delicate electronics and subtle prog melodies as on ‘As Heard On Tape’. Overall I think the technical sophistication and musical dexterity is still there, but Part II is an altogether more refined therapy aimed more accurately at the listener, and an inexperienced one at that, and that for me is pleasant enough as a quiet revolution.

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