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American Whip

Joy ZipperAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Joy Zipper is an American indie pop duo from Long Island, New York, made up of Tabitha Tindale and Vincent Cafiso, who are also a married couple. The duo has been playing dream pop since the late 1990s. The band is named for Tindale's mother.

Their songs are underpinned with darker scarred lyrics (suggested in interviews to have been inspired by the death of Cafiso's father) ... Read more in Amazon's Joy Zipper Store

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dangerbird
  • ASIN: B0007IO7G8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunstroke
2. Christmas Song
3. Baby You Should Know
4. 33x
5. Out Of The Sun
6. Drugs
7. Dosed And Became Invisible
8. Alzheimers
9. Ron
10. In The Never Ending Search For A Suitable Enemy
11. VSX
12. Vally Stream

Editorial Reviews

American Whip is the second album by the very good-looking couple Vincent Cafiso and Tabitha Tindale. This decadent "newgazer" pop is woozy, beautiful, and more than a little tongue in cheek, a pleasant surprise as almost every contemporary group you’ll hear that displays inspiration from the British "shoegazer" movement of the 1980s totally blows. Joy Zipper has been criticized for being too referential and kitschy, but it's precisely their dark sense of humor and knowledge of perfect/ fuzzy pop of the past (MBV , Zombies , Stereolab , Association) that makes this the kind of record you want to fall in love to, at least sonically. The obvious single, "Christmas Song," is a sugary masterpiece of Symbolist post-pop: "I feel you most when I’m deep in madness/ I love you more than a thousand Christmases/ I want you more than any gift I can think of." The words are druggy but smart, and their overwhelmingly downer vibe is offset perfectly by the sunny California pop. The lyrics are the sole reason none of these songs have appeared in a Volkswagen commercial yet. --Mike McGonigal

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Mixing classic 60's pop with Post-rock leanings and an affinity for Brian Wilson's best Beach Boys productions, the duo of Vincent Cafiso and Tabitha Tindale have constructed their own timeless album with American Whip.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whip smart July 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If the White Stripes got really, REALLY stoned, they might sound something like Joy Zipper.

This talented duo smothers any sign of a sophomore slump in "American Whip," with its lush mesh of sixties psychedelica and shoegazer pop. The resulting album is languid, expansive and dreamy, but laced with a dark edge that you won't find in any Zombies or Beach Boys album.

The delicately blurred "Sunstroke" slowly opens into a whimsical little love song: "I need you more than the rain in springtime/love you more than the open sea." It's an exceptionally sweet song, and it does lure you in. But don't expect all to be happiness and light -- despite the colorful, hazy sound, the songs can get pretty grim at times.

Examples: The swirling lo-fi pop number "Alzheimer's" is from the POV of an old woman with Alzheimer's Disease. "Why do I keep forgetting my name?/Maybe it's something I ate/What is this terrible thing coming over me?" Vincent Cafiso drones. Parent/child alienation. And odes to "Drugs" and magic mushrooms.

Despite their obvious debts to bands like Stereolab, Zombies and fuzzy psychpop, Joy Zipper doesn't sound specifically like anything but itself. The duo's hazy, mellow music just sweeps the listener off their feet, as it brings to mind visions of California sunshine, summer days, flowery fields... and lots of drugs.

Cafiso and his bandmate Tabitha Tindale share keyboard duty, weaving a thick electronic fog around Cafiso's slow-burning guitar riffs and mellow basslines. There are some guest musicians, mostly contributing violins to songs like "Dosed and Became Invisible," which has a strong string presence from beginning to end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful April 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'd never heard of this band before, and at first they struck me as any old chillout band: pretty girl, quiet guy, gentle, pastoral summer afternoon music. But this record unravels its charms subtly and slowly until you are intoxicated. Weaving psychadelica, indie, space-rock and pop into one coherant whole, its full of gorgeous harmonies on tracks like the understated but ecstasy-inspiring 'Christmas Song', like a collision between European chillout and sweet, US indie music. The album benefits very much from the excellent production of the brilliant David Holmes.

Both of them have lovely voices, particularly the girl, who has one of those sweet, innocent American voices you could just die for. 'Baby You Should Know' is driven by rock guitar and a soulful feel that makes it a catchy, brilliant pop song somewhat reminiscent of Grandaddy. The uptempo, wistful optimism of 'Out of the Sun' breaks your heart with its beauty, 'Dosed And Became Invisible' is all gorgeous, hovering strings and 'Ron' is just as great a bittersweet, immense song about time and death and the Flaming Lips have ever mustered. Things close with the immediate, simple, inspiring 'Valley Stream'. Quirky, catchy, and sugar-sweet, this is the perfect soundtrack for 2004 as summer approaches. Pretty near perfect.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes you find it June 22, 2005
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This was way too strange. I heard 33x on XM's XMU station. I write down the group and song. I am unfamilar. I buy American Whip. I also buy the first album... with nary a listen at all. I think there are elements of Stereolab, Ivy, Flowchart, My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and maybe even that vocal standard of Juliana Hatfield from just a limited exposure to a single song. I knows what I like. I jump.

When I get the album American Whip, I am reading thru the liner notes.. so who is doing some of the mixing? None other than Kevin Shields... what the.... no wonder I like it. I wondered what he was doing since there is no other MBV album on any horizon since Loveless. The sound is unmistakable... you can hear that poppy vocal sound along with great guitar riffs and analog electronics.

To say the least, both albums are excellent. They are on continuous play. I purchased everything else I could find. That should tell you something.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Albums of this quality are a rare commodity these days and this goes especially for rock. The sound, though not ground breaking, is fairy uncomplicated, guitar-based psychedelia with some striking vocals. Not only are they fabulously produced to an arguably deeper emotional level than the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," but they lyrically tackle some frankly dark and thought provoking subject matter. Aside from the obviously depression founded "33x," "Dosed And Became Invisible" relates one of the least glamorizing yet knowledgeable accounts of psilocybin mushroom use I've heard on record, and lord knows I've looked. One of the most spiritually educational drugs, and completely natural at that, theories even circulate about the symbiotic relationship we have with them, that is they could have been the black omen from "2001: A Space Odyssey" which jumpstarted our evolution and gave us such gifts as insight, religion, philosophy, and much more. It's no giggling hippy account but a contemplative celebration and subtle encouragement for this spectacular, naturally growing fungus. "Alzheimers" has to be the most powerful song here though with its gripping sample of an old woman trying to guess her own age and coming up about thirty years short to which the melancholic drone of Vincent Cafiso and Tabitha Tindale lends its most fitting atmosphere and brings much needed attention to a truly paralyzing and family stressing disorder propagated by chemicals and additives that governments and the industries that support them shroud in lies. Calling this a Rock album would be an insult to its integrity. This is a compelling work of emotional magnitude that should be taught from in schools.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
such a shame that Joy Zipper recorded so few albums. Was fortunate to see them live a number of years ago and they gave a great performance. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John H
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
This CD is a must have! It has true feeling, great sound, incredible vocals & more. I remember watching Tab & Vin practice/ Jam back in East Meadow NY back in the mid 90's, I knew... Read more
Published on June 9, 2008 by Anthony J. Mcdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhhh
Some days there is just nothing more enjoyable than sitting in the open air - whether on a porch, or near a lake; it's just down right refreshing... Read more
Published on September 19, 2005 by Mippy Moo Moo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD and great live show!
I saw Joy Zipper play at the Avalon in Hollywood about a month ago and thought they were amazing. I had heard their album once before seeing the show and liked it, but now i'm just... Read more
Published on June 2, 2005 by Eddie Badger
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I'm not going to go into much detail here, because there isn't much to comment upon. It's not unpleasant. I'm an amateur musician and my tastes are pretty broad.
Published on January 10, 2005 by R. Adler
4.0 out of 5 stars the sixties are alive and well and living in joy zipper
of course joy zipper owe a lot to 60's 'surf's up' period beach boys amongst others, but they have enough wit and verve to be their own thing too. Read more
Published on November 22, 2004 by N. goodey
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