Some of the best things come in pairs, and one of those pairs includes Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford, the duo that makes up the indie-pop group, joan. The performers take inspiration from '80s pop and mess with catchy electronic pianos and guitars to add a modern touch.
I was ready to break out into dance as soon as I hit play for the first time. “love me better” is a fun and upbeat song that’s bound to get everyone in a good mood. Their energetic songwriting reminds me of Misterwives or COIN, who they’ve previously toured along with.
While Little Rock, Arkansas isn’t considered the main hub for synth-pop and electronic tunes, joan is bringing more and more of that sound to their hometown. The pair dropped their EP, portra, in 2018 and a handful of singles from then to now, only expanding their creativity in each release.