Everything is Different was recorded during Covid’s first two years, with songs from the innocence of before the pandemic and the change that had set in fast and deep during it.
Looking back, looking forward, with a feeling that nothing would quite be the same, Joy Askew, singer, songwriter and musician, was working in her studio alone, pulling in separately recorded pieces of music from all the musicians working with her on the project.
Like ribbons of connecting sounds they came from Tokyo, Connecticut, Nyack, Long Island, Nashville, London and even just a block away in Brooklyn.
Some were recorded in living rooms, on pots and pans, on smart phones or in gorgeous sounding studios. Some with accompanying video footage, sometimes in a garden, sometimes in the dark.
Piece by piece by piece.
Everything Is Different is set for release in May.
Presale starts March 29th on Bandcamp.
Praise for Joy
"Joy has outdone herself this time. This is a brilliant, inspired album—so original and beautifully conceived, arranged and performed."
"To work with someone who has Joy`s passion, character and sheer love for music making was an experience we will never forget. The album is unique and we're incredibly proud to have played a part in this transatlantic collaboration."
The Brighouse & Rastrick Band
"Joy spellbound the audience at Bar LunÁtico, fronting a stellar New York City brass ensemble. They played the entire record ~ an ambitious undertaking which was rendered impeccably. The title track is simply unstoppable. We made them play it twice."
“ When I heard that Joy was going back to her roots in the Northeast of England, and recording with a traditional English brass band, I expected something very English and nostalgic . . . which this album is. But it’s not only that; it’s also surprisingly contemporary, or rather, timeless. As in timelessly beautiful songs, singing, and arrangements. “
Joy Askew is a musician, singer, composer and animal lover! Arriving in New York from London, Askew was following her dream of a big career as a musician. She was the proud owner of a cutting edge new keyboard the Prophet V synthesizer and a Fender Rhodes piano. Very soon she found herself singing and playing on a long and successful world tour with Joe Jackson in support of his hit "Stepping Out".
The following 12 years she played and sang on tours and albums with Laurie Anderson, Joe Jackson, Phoebe Snow, Rodney Crowell and Peter Gabriel, also appearing in Laurie Anderson’s movie “Home of the Brave”.
During this time Joy began working with her own band writing songs and developing a sound. Her songs have been featured in some movies, most notably “Peaceable Kingdom The Journey Home” and have been picked up for publishing by Warner Chappell & Quincy Jones.
Flash forward to today.
Joy is still living in NY and is as passionate about making music as she’s ever been. Queen Victoria is her 8th full length record.