Adage of Known plays like a round of sonic Exquisite Corpse. In the Dadaist’s parlor game, ideas were taken up by one artist and continued by the next, resulting in a work created by many minds but flowing with a unified subconscious energy. In much the same spirit, JDSY plays all sides—judge and jury, reader and repeater—for his first LP. His voice becomes an almost effortless object, weaving through each song as if Joey Sims were talking to himself across a darkened hall.
Album opener “Else 2” is ample evidence of JDSY’s round-robin sensibility. At the onset, bottomless pianos and low-end bass plow cleanly through the skittering drum patterns, but the song doesn’t stop there—JDSY jumps quickly through melodic interludes and miniature sing-alongs, as if cramming four or five compositions into an opus meant to keep us guessing. Elsewhere, in such tracks as “Smoke and Mirrors” and “My Garage,” dreamy vocals and pinpricks of synthetic light smooth the blackened grind of jagged, Autechre-style electronics, and then vanish in the lightning flash of two minutes. But just when it seems that JDSY has gone too far, he returns to Earth with the perfect pop construction of “Horizon Line.”
Adage of Known is a staggering debut from an artist who can pass ideas from the left hand to the right, a parlor trick cast by a young talent wise beyond his years.
JDSY (aka Ann Arbor’s Joey Sims) makes textbook avant-pop. Straddling the electronic and the acoustic, JDSY is completely unpredictable, using pop vocals as a distant signal that guides his ...check out JDSY's page and other releases