Dylan Slocum, vocalist and guitarist for Spanish Love Songs, delves into the lyrics of the recently released third single from their highly anticipated album, ‘No Joy‘. Slocum describes the song as a blend of stories that all explore the solitary nature of death. The lyrics are intentionally designed to evoke a sense of familiarity, touching on themes of terminal illness, dementia, and suicide.
Slocum adds, “Most people don’t want to be or die alone, but it’s often the outcome we’re left with. This reality is terrifying, so I try to live in the present and appreciate what I have. I wait for my worry to swing towards a form of manic love.”
The accompanying music video was directed by Hannah Gray Hall, who also directed the video for the album’s lead single, “Haunted“.
Brooklyn Vegan recently described ‘No Joy‘, set for release on August 25, 2023, as “one of the summer’s most anticipated albums”. The album, now available for pre-order, features previously released tracks “Haunted” and “Clean-Up Crew“.
The album, produced by the band and Collin Pastore, and mixed by Carlos de la Garza, is a testament to finding tranquility in quiet moments and embracing the negative space. ‘No Joy’ encapsulates the existential messiness of being alive in the modern age, echoing the sentiment that while we may not have all the answers, we can get a little closer to them together.
As Slocum explains, the album is about “finding happiness in what you have and your current moment. It might be your best moment, or it might not, but you have to find joy in it.”
Formed in LA in 2013, Spanish Love Songs have gained a following through their deeply personal albums, acclaimed for their candid lyricism infused with existential dread and introspective reflections on life.
The band has recently announced their first-ever tour in Australia, which will conclude with a special show in Melbourne on ‘No Joy‘ release day. They are also preparing for a UK/EU fall run with Hot Mulligan, with more global touring to be announced soon.