“Skin is my debut album and the proudest work I have made to date,” Joy says. “It is an auto biographical body of work covering subjects from casual sex to generational trauma, abuse of power and mental health.
“I was fortunate enough to make this first album with the exceptionally talented producer Blue May. I sat across the whole production process and I’m proud to say I’ve been credited with Blue as a co executive producer. The majority of the album was made at the incredible Konk Studios; we also had the pleasure of recording an 18 piece string section at Abbey Road Studios in the famous Studio 2, and we recorded pick up vocals all over the place, from a random hotel room in East London, through to a home studio in Clapton. London is in the DNA of this album.
“The word skin massively resonates with me as biologically it is one of the strongest parts of our bodies, however socially and externally it is often used against us. This juxtaposition is grappled with throughout the album; lyrically my album is effectively a collection of stories. The record consists of songs I wrote at the mere age of 15 up until 21. This is an album about my identity.”
Sharing the title track today, which was co-written by Matt Maltese, Joy adds, “Out of all the songs I have ever written I think ‘Skin’ is the most important to me. It is simple musically and lyrically, the lyrics are literal and self explanatory: ‘The skin that you’re given, was made to be lived in. You’ve got a life, you’ve got a life, worth living’.
“It exists for anyone who needs reassurance and hope. Mental health is something everyone has to deal with to varying degrees, and in particular the last 18 months have taken their toll. I wrote this song for a loved one last year who was at a stage where he thought his life was no longer worth living. I hope the song offers something to everyone battling with their demons and the people around them who are supporting them.”
Check it out below.
1. I Don’t Mind
2. 19th Floor
5. When You Were Mine
6. To Lose Someone
7. Unlearn YouKingdom
8. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
9. Wild Jasmine
12. Theek Ache