Last time I covered Joy Postell was late last year, about a month after the release of her debut album Diaspora – a project meant to be a reflection on Blackness in America and the sounds of the diaspora. It only barely missed my Top 50, and truly was one of the most underrated gems of 2018.
Less than a year later, the Baltimore singer has returned with a 6-song EP titled Back and Forth. Politics and jazz are out the window on this one, as the focus shifts towards more personal subject matter – relationships and intimacy.
As if it wasn’t made abundantly clear on Diaspora, Joy Postell can absolutely SING; her voice on here is incredible and when the layered harmonies came in, like on both the intro track “Influences” and the closing track “Say My Name,” they make for some of the most elegant moments I’ve heard in music in a long time. And the conviction in Postell’s voice help the listeners really empathize with what she’s going through, as she details oscillating emotions, relationship games, and breakups.
Basically, this project is dope and Joy Postell is now 2 for 2.
Listen to Back and Forth below and enjoy!