A Severe Joy

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A Severe Joy is the alter ego of musician/producer José Ayerve. The former frontman for underground indie rock group Spouse, began exploring this new persona in 2011...

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What the critics are saying


“[ASJ] breathes a string of brilliant, epigrammatic confessionals over a skeletal electropop beat. …Simple and unaffected” – (re: ‘Closer’- one of 2013′s Top 5 decent moments…)

“Music to sing loudly along to, whether it’s alone in your car or on the dance floor.”

“The longest track on the record, “Déjame Tocar,” is in Spanish, which makes Ayerve’s exceptional voice sound even sexier…”

“Above all else, this album (Cinematesque Part 1) is incredibly tasteful. It’s blunt without being overbearing, playful without being silly, and there’s always a head-bobbing verse around every corner.”

“…always a solid bet.”

“…taking his masked alter ego into realms that only those who’ve really lived can do.”

“It’s engaging stuff, well worth multiple listens.”

“a musical diaspora wholly welcomed and invigorating.”

“Mark this project in the triumph column.”

  • Wax Tablet (Portland Phoenix)
  • Bangor Daily News
  • The Valley Advocate
  • The Portland Phoenix
  • MassLive.com
  • Performer Magazine
  • Bangor Daily News
  • examiner.com
  • Bollard