When Joywave formed in 2010, frontman Daniel Armbruster was wri9ng and recording songs in his parents’ basement as he embarked on a frui?ul period of self-discovery. Ironically, aEer spending the past ten years touring the world in support of three cri9cally acclaimed albums, the new Joywave EP, Every Window Is A Mirror, was craEed under strikingly similar circumstances. “When I was making these songs, it was like I was back in my post-grad years, but it was in my basement now,” Armbruster recalls with a laugh. “I thought, okay, what do I want to do? There’s nobody here again.’” With a virus ravaging the world and no possibility of touring for the foreseeable future, Armbruster was once again able to dig into his own psyche and see what surfaced. “The wri9ng this 9me was really introspec9ve because I didn’t want to go upstairs and turn on the TV, you know?” he explains. “The only part of the world that made sense to me was my liOle corner where I’m making music.”
Over the past decade, that liOle corner has expanded from Armbruster’s parents’ house in Rochester, New York, to the Lollapalooza stage, tours with everyone from Bas9lle, Brandon Flowers to Young The Giant and late-night television appearances that have allowed Joywave to beam their infec9ous brand of indie rock into households all over the world. However, the release of the band’s 2020 album Possession admiOedly felt a bit an9climac9c. “We released Possession on dare I say the worst possible day of March 13, 2020” Armbruster said with a sigh, adding that the band had just goOen back from Europe when the virus put everyone’s lives on pause. “So much 9me and effort had gone into that record and suddenly the touring cycle we had been planning on for the next year was already over when we landed at the Newark Interna9onal airport.” Although Possession, which centered around themes of control and polariza9on was remarkably prescient, that’s liOle consola9on to a band who thrives for live performances. “I feel like we made the record for right now last 9me, weirdly,” he explains.
Flash forward to now, their Every Window Is A Mirror EP is as much a commentary on the way things are currently as it is a look toward our collec9ve future. It’s poe9c without being preachy and is unabashedly Joywave in a way that further solidifies their sound as something that, like our world, is in a state of perpetual evolu9on. For this EP, Armbruster wrote demos and sent them to the band—drummer Paul Brenner, guitarist/ bassist Joseph Morinelli and keyboardist Benjamin Bailey—before piecing together the resul9ng tracks in Armbruster’s basement studio. “The process itself was very different in that Paul and I were in the same room for three days and the other files were sent electronically,” Armbruster explains. “Weirdly, this is our most live-sounding record, which is funny because 90% of it is one guy sidng downstairs.” The dynamic sound of