Boomkat Product Review:
Ann Arbor resident Joey Sims makes electronic pop songs, although a lot of the time you'd have a bit of a hard time thinking of them as songs in any conventional sense - not so much because what he does is such an abstract rethinking of songwriting, more because this music flits about the place in such a haphazard, fragmented fashion. It's hard to get a sense of what's going on at any given moment. Even when Sims gets close to a regular piece of writing, as on 'Drifter' or 'Horizon Line', there's something quite jarring about his digitally hacked voice with its slightly awkward rhythmic surrounds. You might conclude that JDSY really isn't a song-based project at all. Like its title, Adage Of Known, this record doesn't really open up to you properly, you find yourself thinking: out with it, man. What are you trying to say? Virtually every track here is strung together via some ornamental electronic jiggery pokery while a disengaged vocal meanders through something that's just a little too hard to hook into. You get the sense there's something worth sticking around for buried within Sims' work however, and it may just be one of those records that eventually clicks into place.