Nate Mercereau has released his debut album, Joy Techniques.
A multi-instrumentalist who has worked on albums as varied as Jay-Z’s 4:44, Rhye’s Blood and Leon Bridges’ Good Thing, Mercereau makes a solo statement on this new record. He eschewed keys entirely for Joy Techniques, relying instead on guitar, drums and rare vintage guitar synths. There is only one featured guest: saxophonist/producer Terrace Martin, who contributes to the title track.
According to Mercereau, the album’s title was meant literally. “It’s about intentionally creating a space for the experience of joy to happen,” he said in a brief statement on Bandcamp. “This is the overarching theme of the album: creating purposeful space to consider and improvise within the context of what each song title means. I find joy in the discovery of new ideas, which is why there’s a lot of first takes on this album.”
Stream Joy Techniques here: