Forthcoming album DECIDE out Sept 16th
Djo | Photo Credit: Dana Trippe | Download hi-res image here
Early praise for DJO & DECIDE:
“On ‘Change,’ whirring synths guide listeners into a steady glide downward where they land atop a bed of plush, light kick drums.” – Alternative Press
“a nice slice of synthpop funk.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“The pulsing, fuzzed-out beat pops and snaps along with Keery’s blunt quips like ‘Your girlfriend scares me/ She’s got bad breath,’ and it all builds up to a bracing end as his way out nears.” – Consequence
“[Changes is] a squelchy, shimmery synth-pop delight… genuinely great.” – Dork
“buzzy electro-pop track illuminated by fluorescent synths and a collage of swiveling melodies.” – FLOOD
“DECIDE makes for a more confident, trippy affair – dreamy psych-pop in places, soaring cinematics in others. Think Todd Terje crossed with Vangelis… the result is an accomplished and honest work he can be proud of.” – NME
“[DECIDE] offers up bright synths, hiccupping new wave vocals, and cheeky self-reflection.” – Pitchfork
“[‘Change’ is a] dynamic, psych-infused track” – Rolling Stone
“Joe Keery [is] not an ‘actor with a vanity project’ musician, [but rather] a guy who clearly knows what he’s doing…I like the lead single a lot…a slick synth-funk track.” – Stereogum
“[Djo is] back with another jam…’Gloom,’ the new song is anything but gloomy”– Uproxx
Djo, the musical project of actor / producer / songwriter Joe Keery, will release his highly-anticipated, co-produced sophomore album DECIDE on September 16th. Following the release of the acclaimed album singles “Change” and “Gloom,” Djo shares a spirited new track entitled “Figure You Out” today.
Hear “Figure You Out” on streaming services HERE and watch the visualizer on YouTube below.
Djo has been performing live throughout 2022, road-testing the songs from DECIDE and making appearances so far this year at Lollapalooza, Shaky Knees, Boston Calling, Bottle Rock festivals.
DECIDE is Djo’s follow up to TWENTY TWENTY, Keery’s 2019 critically acclaimed guitar-forward record and his first solo-effort since departing his band, the Chicago psych rock outfit Post Animal. Keery – who is of course also known far and wide for his acclaimed acting roles in such blockbuster projects as Stranger Things – has been making music since his teens, spending over two years with Post Animal before making his solo debut as Djo. DECIDE was created with musician / engineer Adam Thein throughout the pandemic with final recording taking place at Sound Factory in Los Angeles. DECIDE serves as a sort of aural history of Keery’s late 20’s. It features reflections on growth, relationships and navigating it all in a world filled with technology at its center. It’s his sonic ambitions however that take these introspections and melt them into a warped reality with each layered synth pulling the listener’s emotional strings.
From the release of TWENTY TWENTY and subsequent singles, Djo’s music has had an enormous amount of success. #Djo has racked up nearly 95.2 million hits on TikTok, has nearly 155 million global Spotify and Apple streams and over 210,000 Shazams. “Change” and “Gloom” also entered the Spotify Viral 50 charts in the USA, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia. Keery self-releases all his music through AWAL.
Djo – DECIDE album artwork | Download hi-res image here
MORE ABOUT DJO
Djo – the critically acclaimed brainchild of multi-talented musician/actor Joe Keery – makes its long awaited return with the game-changing new album, DECIDE. A spellbinding collage of snaky pop hooks, neon melodies, and deeply personal singer-songwriter lyricism, the album melds high-tech songcraft with quick wit, irrepressible spirit, and an impressive breadth of vision that showcases glowing synths and big beats over the trippy guitars that defined 2019’s acclaimed debut, TWENTY TWENTY. Blissed-out bops like “Change” see Keery delving deep into a broad spectrum of eclectic influences, deconstructing hyperpop, euphoric psychedelia, spiky new wave, and symphonic 70’s rock into something utterly unique via dauntless melodies and technical innovation.
DECIDE is out everywhere Sept 16.