COCOJOEY’S WORLD by Cocojoey: Album Review
The album “COCOJOEY’S WORLD” exudes upbeat, upbeat, hyper-bitpop breakbeats inspired by the most creative, peculiar, and fun stuff like the Wii Sports Challenge leaderboards and the PlayStation pause menu and cats. Cocojoey, a classically trained pianist and in-demand composer/arranger, releases something that seems straight out of an alternate universe.
After coming to terms with his true artistic nature, the artist changed his persona and began writing new music, using comedy and positive self-reflection to work through his ideas about himself. Songs on the album “COCOJOEY’S WORLD” range from introspective diary entries to inspirational reminders of the importance of staying present and connecting with others. The album’s dizzyingly buoyant tone is heavily influenced by the tonal palettes of rhythm video games, bitpop, extreme metal, and jazz harmony. The album is a softer approach to dealing with an existential crisis, and the songs give off modern problems that take the form of dungeon-crawling monster fights while everyday happiness is represented by a sprint across sugary synth landscapes. The lyrics are ambitious, and seamless and add to the sophisticated creativity of Cocojoey, an aesthetic pretty boy who knows how to make bops.
As a whole, “COCOJOEY’S WORLD” can turn your sulken day into a sunny one, with its empowering and versatile 10 different tracks making you connect with an alter-ego.
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Photo credits: Julianne Griepp, Emily Nichols
Review by: Audrey Castel