Djo – the solo project of Stranger Things star Joe Keery – has released ‘Change’, the latest single that has been lifted from the actor-musician’s upcoming second album.
The song was released yesterday (June 22) and marks Djos’ first release since the 2020 song ‘Keep Your Head Up’. Before that, Djo debuted with the album ‘TWENTY TWENTY’ from 2019, which followed Keery’s previous run as a member of the later disbanded group Post Animal.
‘Change’ sees Djo continue the psychedelia from ‘TWENTY TWENTY’ while demonstrating the pop-punk sound from ‘Keep Your Head Up’. Entitled ‘Decide’, the upcoming second album is produced by ‘TWENTY TWENTY’ collaborator Adam Thein, and is set for release on 16 September. Listen to ‘Change’ below:
A press release for ‘Decide’ described the album as “a kind of sound story from Keery’s late 20s … It contains reflections on growth, relationships and navigating it all in a world filled with technology at the center.”
“It is [Djo’s] sonic ambitions that take these introspections and melt them into a distorted reality where every layered synth pulls in the listener’s emotional strings, “the statement said.
The release coincides with the recent premiere of Stranger Things’ fourth season in which Keery repeats his role as high school graduate Steve Harrington. Together with Keery, fellow player Finn Wolfhard has similarly ventured into music and released the 2018 EP ‘Scout’ as part of the now disbanded group Calpurnia.
In a four star review of ‘TWENTY TWENTY’, NMERhian Daly said the album proves “that Keery is a very high caliber musician who should not need any other effort to get our attention.”
Meanwhile, Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ continues to enjoy renewed success after appearing in Stranger Things’ last season. Yesterday (June 22), Bush discussed the 1985 song, which has topped the UK singles chart for the second week in a row, in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s. Women’s time.
“I thought the course would get some attention. “I just never imagined it would be anything like that … The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is, well, I think it’s very special,” Bush said. .