CURRENT JOYS: A DIFFERENT AGE
Only a few weeks ago, I listened to Current Joys for the first time, and something sunk in. I completely vibed with the sound and immediately felt a connection with the songs. Wanting to know why I felt so close to this music, I did some research, and it all made sense. I was completely STOKED to discover that the genius behind Current Joys is Nick Rattigan, member of Surf Curse, a key band to describe my high school sound. I remember making playlists on Spotify based on the bops and energy of Surf Curse, never thinking I could find anything close to the sound that band had. It’s like a part of me that was left behind with Surf Curse had been reawakened through the first moment of my listening to Current Joys. And I felt it, the insatiable hunger of listening to new music. Current Joys’ latest album, A Different Age, can change you.
A Different Age has a cohesive sound and mood. I feel anxious yet nostalgic, lamenting yet inspired. As you listen, be ready to feel and analyze every element of this album. Despite needing to listen to whole album in order to get the full experience, I did pick out some MVP tracks that truly MAKE the album. “Become the Warm Jets,” the opening track, fills me with familiarity but in a completely fresh way. This chill-sounding ballad’s guitar riffs and slides are reminiscent of The Velvet Underground’s Loaded. As the song progresses, Nick lays in soft drums and the vibe picks up… more hypnotic, but rooted in anxiety of the unknown.
“Fear” is fast and energetic, perhaps moving as quickly as anxious thoughts fill our brains. This song captures the mood of the album; the anxiety that looms around us, the anxiety that consumes us, the anxiety we try to understand. In the song “My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days” Nick writes the phrase “too young to be a part of a dying breed.” We’re all burdened by the threat of fading youth— loss of wonder and freedom, loss of our passion to fight for something we feel called to do. The world exists before us, things happen and we can’t stop any of it.
As I sit alone and listen to this album in entirety, I’m left with neither a good nor bad feeling. Instead I’m left with a sense of questioning. As I float in sonic nostalgia, I question my future. What MORE can I do? How can I be better? What do I need to do so that I can BE myself? This album gives me that drive— the necessity to push myself, remember not to settle, and learn from my past so I don’t forget to become better in my future.
After listening, I read that A Different Age was intended to be a visual album, so I checked out youtube. After watching the first video, “Become the Warm Jets” (which I could spend another piece effusing about) I scrolled down the page. A user named Skye T’s words appeared first in the comments section: “this song came into my life as everything began to fall apart. thanks for being one good thing, Nick.”