Opaque purple vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve plus blue flexi disc featuring the track ‘Naked’.
‘Voyager’, the seventh album from Current Joys, 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, Terrence Malick, Agnès Varda and Andrei Tarkovsky. ‘Voyager’ is unlike anything Current Joys has released before.
On his new album, Rattigan eschews lo-fi home recordings for a full band and recording sessions at Stinson Beach Studios. As a vocalist/drummer in his other band Surf Curse, Rattigan had finally opened up to the possibility of working in a professional studio.
It’s all held together by the fervour of Rattigan’s creative process. He believes in the premonitory power of music and he latches onto the song ideas that strike him in the moment, propelled by an abstract existentialism or burst of feeling more than anything else. It imbues ‘Voyager’ with an intensity and intimacy – with the sense that you’re getting to hear, all at once, the disparate parts that make a project – or person – into a sprawling, cinematic whole.
Similar to Tame Impala or Mac Demarco in their early days, Current Joys is singular and with a fanbase that extends far outside of traditional indie fans. The band managed to establish an indie and mainstream audience while flying under the radar of DSPs and nearly all other industry levers. They are one of the first indie bands to have their place fully created and cemented by TikTok.
Dancer in the Dark
Breaking the Waves
Money Making Machine
Voyager pt. 1
The Spirit or the Curse
Voyager pt. 2