Release Date: Jun 1, 2018
Record label: Joyful Noise
It's hard being in a band when your career has spanned over twenty years. Especially when that band is noise-pop trailblazers Joan of Arc, who found their footing in early Nineties experimental dream-pop and neo-psychedelia. Especially when you're fuelled by a divine-level of prolificacy, when you churn out an album every 12 months. Over those 20 years, the landscape has changed.
In 2017, 20 years and 20-some albums after their full-length debut, Chicago avant rockers Joan of Arc made their first appearance on a few of the Billboard side charts with the improvisation-based He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands. Taking yet another left turn in a long line of unpredictable releases, they follow it a year later with 1984, an album that combines spare, ambient rock accompaniment with what were originally a cappella pieces by Melina Ausikaitis. Ausikaitis had performed some of these autobiographical vignettes live at Joan of Arc shows prior to making her official recording debut as Tim Kinsella's co-singer/lyricist on the 2017 LP.