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There have been countless articles and blogs written about millennials and their so-called battle with FOMO (fear of missing out). Millennials, people will tell you, want to be anywhere other than where they are at any given time. They wish to be wherever things are happening, especially if those things would look good on Instagram or perhaps inspire some kind of witty Twitter update.
Anyone who tells you Millennials
For those unable to escape work and life long enough to take in a festival there is Mt. Joy, a group who essentially sound the way videos and pictures will lead you to believe a major festival feels. The band exudes a sense of wide-eyed wonderment at the world around us while accepting the things they cannot change and acknowledging the shackles that make true freedom impossible. To hear their music is to step inside a daydream where you find yourself frolicking through a field of wildflowers during the golden hour on a perfect summer day while your rich/model lover holds your hand. They bottle and sell good vibrations in a manner few have even attempted, and they do it damn well.
The band’s self-titled debut album comes with all the charm one would expect from a group destined to appear in the social media stories of people who wear headbands made from flowers. It’s a blend of folk and Americana that embraces the internet while simultaneously mourning the sense of unending loneliness it can cultivate. The opening song, “I’m A Wreck,” encapsulates this idea fully with lines about ghosts of emotions and the way two people can be so broken, yet so perfect for one another. It would be laughably forced if it weren’t so damned authentic, and the only reason you know it’s legit is that intangible wow factor nestled at the core of every song. It’s not a beat or a chord or a lyric of any kind. What Mt. Joy delivers is something soulful that your own soul recognizes as real.