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Alternative & Indie - Released December 9, 2013 | Heavenly Recordings

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Based on all the directions TOY took on their self-titled debut, it seemed like they'd have to choose between their Krautrock excursions, their fondness for post-punk, and their dream pop leanings in order to make something consistently satisfying. That isn't the case on Join the Dots, which finds them bridging the gaps that made their first album as unfocused as it was promising. Reunited with producer Dan Carey, the band blends the best of each approach they tried on TOY. They give their pop songs some of the drive of their ambitious instrumentals on songs like the former single "Endlessly" and "You Won't Be the Same," which nods to '60s and '80s psych pop with its jangly guitars and hazy keyboards. Meanwhile, they lend some of the melodic beauty of their three-minute singles to their more expansive songs like the soaring title track, which harnesses all of TOY's scattered energy with jet-propelled power. Balancing these extremes could have resulted in a bland mishmash, but it works remarkably well on Join the Dots. It helps that the bandmembers know how to pace themselves better than they did on their debut, whether on the rangy opening track "Conductor" or "Too Far Gone to Know," which builds from a stately start until it culminates in keyboards that suggest streaking past stars. The emphasis on TOY's prettier side on songs like "Left to Wander" and "Frozen Atmosphere" means that there's less of the hard-edged attitude that fueled some of their first album's highlights. Then again, there's less need for it when TOY can deliver songs as mighty as "Fall Out of Love," which incorporates everything they do well: tough verses, vulnerable choruses, and a triumphant, seemingly endless climax. Join the Dots shows that instead of limiting themselves, TOY have just gotten better overall -- arguably the more difficult, and rewarding, path for a band to take. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 10, 2012 | Heavenly Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 25, 2019 | Tough Love Records

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"‘Sequence One’ is about running through a war zone of post-apocalyptic proportions with your significant other. It was one of the first tracks we wrote when we started making Happy In The Hollow.", explains bassist Maxim Barron. With a hallucinatory rhythm section supported by a strong bass line and Tom Dougall's incandescent voice, the opening track of Happy In The Hollow offers a very good overview of what it precedes. "Each song was a blank canvas". Indeed, Toy work on their chiaroscuro here, made of shoegaze and indie pop like Radio Dept in the Clinging To A Scheme era. There are the delicate strings of Mistake a Stranger and their distorted effects, the frantic drums of Energy, the shimmering percussion of The Willo or the aerial synths that perforate this vaporous fresco that’s full of contrasts. The English band, who are signed with Tough Love Records, produced the album themselves, recorded between their own studio and South London. Beautiful. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 14, 2020 | Tough Love Records

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World - Released November 18, 2014 | Genie Music Corporation, Stone Music Entertainment

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Pop/Rock - Released May 17, 1981 | Hi Score Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 15, 2019 | Tough Love Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 10, 2012 | Heavenly Recordings

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World - Released April 30, 2021 | Espacial

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 24, 2018 | Tough Love Records

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Punk / New Wave - Released March 5, 2021 | Last Ride Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 1980 | Hi Score Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2016 | Heavenly Recordings

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Pop - Released December 5, 2008 | Espacial

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Pop - Released February 28, 1992 | Parlophone Portugal

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Pop - Released December 13, 2018 | Cat Music

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World - Released June 26, 2020 | Espacial

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World - Released January 8, 2021 | Espacial

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World - Released June 12, 1998 | Espacial

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Soul - Released March 12, 2021 | Toy