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by Joey Walker

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“Joey Walker makes twink rock.“

That’s what the Indiana-based artist said during the mixing process of his new album ‘Supersoft’, out January 18, 2019 on Darling Recordings. Joey might have been joking, earnest, or some in-between, but, regardless, that framework is an honest, valuable lens for his record. While a "twink" is traditionally portrayed as a submissive, fragile figure, Walker complicates this queer stereotype with active, raw, and devastating songs in the vein of Liz Phair, Scott Walker, and Jason Molina. Sonically, he mixes brooding clean guitar with simple, driving rhythms and electronic textures, his voice floating above, wispy and ethereal.

The record opens with a brief interview of a high school janitor, an archival recording reused as an introduction to the song "Frank". The man's voice is a haunting fragment, wistful and vulnerable, and it sets the tone for the album. Other songs like "On Top" and "Crater" are similarly emotionally naked, but also explicitly situated in a sexual context. As a result, these songs, and 'Supersoft' as a whole, seem to take powerlessness and present it as a threat, with a hint of violence and malice.

"He also got it on his knees / they treated him like a dog for it / he’d flash them his big white teeth / though he hated every second" ("On Top").

This image, with the teeth, the degradation, and the pleasure, is just one of the many examples of the complex web of darkness, sexuality, and power dynamics simmering beneath the surface of 'Supersoft'. Joey Walker makes twink rock, it just doesn't sound like one might expect.

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released January 18, 2019

Recorded from 2010 to 2018

Written and recorded entirely by Joey Walker
Mixed by Joey Walker and Connor Stobaugh
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri

Thank you to the following people:
Stone Irr, Nick Faidley, Connor Stobaugh, Karl Culp, Jonathan Ratliff, Joseph Denney, Ben Wittkugel, Ember Wyrdt, Meys Quintana, Przemek Wojtaszek, Kevin Krauter, Luke Kim, Phil Bernstein

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Track Name: Frank
“I was… grew up down south in Tennessee and I had to drop out of school… I went about 6 months freshman year… my mother got sick, and then I had two brothers and a sister under me and I had to… you know, get their clothes, I had to do all the housework and things like that so… I didn’t get an education… just a… education on hard knocks and bad weather…”

If you go alone
Down by the lake and the riverflow
If you go alone
Once you go you’ll never make it home
If you go alone
You’ll catch your death before you even know
If you go alone
Down by the lake and the riverflow

Don’t you say a word
Someone awaits with bated breath
Don’t you say a word
You can’t let a thing slip by your tongue
Don’t you say a word
Anything could happen if you say it loud
Don’t you say a word
Someone awaits with bated breath

You may never know
The meaning behind all these words
You may never know
If what you feel is hot or cold
You may never know
How far the knife went in your skull
You may never know
What lies beyond the open door
Track Name: Crater
I am acne-ridden
But will you fuck me from behind
A detestable mutant
A war has ravaged all my

Body
A countryside lain to ruin
Body
A castle vaporized to ashes
Body
Something’s missing from the surface
Body
A crater in the hollow of the mind

Pin me down while you still can
Cause i’ve forgotten my own name
Strip me down to nothingness
The only hole that’s left

Inside me
A countryside burned to pieces
Inside me
A castle vaporized to ash
Inside me
nothing missing from the void
Inside me
A crater where my mind used to be
A crater where I used to be
Track Name: Petrify
We’re all little children in our minds

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

HA HA HA HA HA HA AHHA HAHA HA HA H—
HA HA HAH AH AH HA HAH AH AHAH—
HAHA HA HAH HAH AH HA HA HA HAHA HA H—

I cannot see a way out of it
Track Name: The Light
When I saw the light, wasn’t as lost as I was before
When I saw your eyes, wasn’t as lost as I was before
The grittiness of carpet, comforting as I hit it
The bitterness in sweetness, buried hands in chocolate

I don’t wanna die tonight, but I don’t wanna lie by your side
I don’t wanna die tonight, but I don’t wanna lie by your side

When I felt your size, I knew there was no place for me
When I felt you rise, I knew there was no place for me
The emptiness in moonlight, bask in the bloodbath
The completeness of words, under ice can’t hear it

I don’t wanna die tonight, but I don’t wanna lie by your side
I don’t wanna die tonight, but I don’t wanna lie by your side

When I saw the light
Track Name: Hollow
I became too soft to live
Body bruised like a beacon of abuse
If I long for you
Does that make me an idiot too

I became too mad to understand
I write my notes on the backs of my hands
When I can’t name anything
Does that make me lonely like you

I became too numb to make a sound
Like a house when I burn to the ground
Though I tower taller than before
Does that make me hollow as well
Track Name: On Top
He always wanted to be on top—a higher cliff to see from
The bodies felt better from below, yet his view was outstanding

It was a way to pass each day—to ride and tame an animal
A boring life resigned to the bed, he’d live with men and cobwebs

He also got it on his knees—they treated him like a dog for it
He’d flash them his big white teeth, though he hated every second

He’d lay awake on sleepless nights—the next one at his doorstep
They came and left him with a moan, then he’d scream his lungs out

Desire killed him
So badly burned him
It fucking kills him
Desire kills him

He lays on the chest of a man—a forest he could burn down
Kerosene flows through his mouth, the forest is burning now

He always needed to be on top—a higher cliff to fall from
The bodies crushed on rocks below, his view is nothing / outstanding
Track Name: Desolator
I’ve always wanted this
And I thank you for it
Everything you’ve done
Has been correct

I became too soft to live
And I sing this for them
For everyone that you
Have ever held

Never seek the truth
Beat it out of you
Never never never
Want it back

Come rescue me from death
As I lay to rest
The desolator has
Brought me to the edge

Close my eyes with your hands
As I fall down again
Cradle me in your arms
We’re done, we’re dead

It’s happening again
Track Name: Monster in the Well
Make one wish
Throw it down the well
To be free
From this body

Can’t you see
This was meant for me
Let me rest
In this sunken bed

My flesh isn’t that original
Though I don’t know any other one
Over the moon
In ecstasy of dishonesty
Yes, I am very sure
Leave me for dead
In the water
I'm homosexually positive about this
Well you don’t really know me
Never live for any man
I need to hold my soul down
Live a little less

If I seem
A little baffling
I would say
I’m so sorry

But go down there
Where light goes granite gray
Maybe you’ll get me
The monster in the well
Track Name: Frank (Single Edit)
If you go alone
Down by the lake and the riverflow
If you go alone
Once you go you’ll never make it home
If you go alone
You’ll catch your death before you even know
If you go alone
Down by the lake and the riverflow

Don’t you say a word
Someone awaits with bated breath
Don’t you say a word
You can’t let a thing slip by your tongue
Don’t you say a word
Anything could happen if you say it loud
Don’t you say a word
Someone awaits with bated breath

You may never know
The meaning behind all these words
You may never know
If what you feel is hot or cold
You may never know
How far the knife went in your skull
You may never know
What lies beyond the open door

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