- RELEASE DATE /14 October 2022
- CATALOG /CRT106
- LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
- FORMAT /black vinyl, digitally
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Cheersquad Records & Tapes are stoked to give you ‘Out of My Mind’, the exquisite new album by Melbourne based folk singer/songwriter Joyce Prescher.
Joyce’s 13-track album is available on CD and digitally, while the 180g black vinyl contains 10 tracks, but comes with a digital download card for all 13 tracks. All tracks will be added to your Bandcamp library and can be downloaded in a variety of formats. The CD includes the songs: ‘In Time’, ‘His Love’ and ‘It’s Me’.
After releasing her debut album ‘Home’ in 2017, Joyce Prescher returns with her second full-length studio album. ‘Out of My Mind’ is an intimate, soul-baring record by the Dutch-born folk artist, spanning a total of 13 tracks. On the record Joyce reveals much of her inner world, with themes that encompass love, heartbreak, loss and healing. It comes after a turbulent time in the songwriter’s life, a time in which life was turned upside down and inside out, leaving nothing as it once was.
‘Out of My Mind’ – losing yourself, your mind, a loved one, and then slowly piecing yourself back together to find your way back to yourself.
The sophomore album shows a more mature Joyce, one who dares to experiment with styles, words and delivery. It highlights a love for concept albums, for albums designed to be absorbed in a single sitting.
Cello and lap-steel guitar weave their way through the tracks, leaving behind a hauntingly cinematic and deeply poetic record. A delicate dance between light and shade, in every sense.
‘Out of My Mind’ was recorded over an extended period, across different locations in Australia. A sign of the times, perhaps, with injuries and prolonged lock-downs and other things that happen – which in turn left ample space to create something quite magical.
Originally from the Netherlands, Joyce Prescher moved to Melbourne over a decade ago. She met a man during a safari in Africa, and decided to follow him back to Australia, where she fell in love with Melbourne and its thriving music and art scene. She never really left after.
Joyce started singing from a very early age – according to her mother, “before she could talk”. Music was a big part of the family; there was always music playing and constant singing on road trips with four kids in the back of a tiny hatchback. Rumour has it she was conceived on ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’, which could explain her love of Pink Floyd.
As children, Joyce and her siblings would write silly songs, and Joyce performed in local community events before the age of ten. In the first year of high school, she heard a boy play beautifully on a grand piano, and she sat with him and offered to sing along. He was quite taken by Joyce’s vocals; they became good friends and would occasionally write and perform together, as a duo or with a band.
Around this time, her mother would play guitar after the kids had gone to bed. Joyce would lie awake listening to her mum softly strumming. Frustrated that no one ever really played the songs she wanted to sing on guitar or piano, and dreaming of being a songwriter herself, at age 15 she decided to learn to play her mother’s guitar. In university, she formed her first band and started to combine her writing skills (she used to write short stories and lots of poems) with her love of music. She also improved her singing skills by joining a choir for a few years.
It took her a while to find her feet and her scene in Melbourne, but by 2013 she formed her first band in her new home. The band was short-lived, but the spark was re-ignited, and Joyce has been writing and performing regularly since.
Joyce released her debut album Home in 2017, which was praised by PBS and listed in their top 10 albums upon release.
In 2020 Joyce joined the line-up of a show called Keep the Circle Unbroken, curated by Delsinki. With the show she has performed at the Memo Music Hall, the 2022 Port Fairy Folk Festival and as part of their regional Victoria tour in 2021. She shared the stage with many Australian favourites, including Tim Rogers, Kylie Auldist, Mick Thomas, Debra Byrne, Sarah Carroll, Kerryn Fields and XANI. Joyce also features on the Keep the Circle Unbroken album, which was recorded live in July 2020 at the Memo Music Hall in St Kilda, between the two Melbourne lockdowns. In November 2021 Joyce performed as part of three sold out shows paying tribute to the late Justin Townes Earle at the Brunswick Ballroom.
More recently, Joyce completed a tour as part of the Sing a Song of Sixpence line up, with artists including Abby Dobson, Freya Josephine Hollick, Charm of Finches, Van Walker, Grim Fawkner and more.