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Joy drops CD fused with patriotic songs & indie-rock

WEYBRIDGE — Musician, writer and guerilla artist Camden Joy (known to many of us as Weybridge resident Tom Aldeman) has released his second recording of original music. Titled “American Love,” Joy released the recording, appropriately enough, on our nation’s birthday, July 4. 
All the songs are were written, produced and sung by Camden Joy, with Lukas Lerner on drums and his father, Mark Lerner, playing bass. The record was made during April and May with each musician in lockdown performing at a distance. Files were emailed back and forth. When a song was deemed to be complete, the tracks were dispatched over to Split Rock Studios in New Paltz, N.Y., for the finishing touches. 
The 14 songs on “American Love” combine noisy pop with astute lyrics about historical figures, from early suffragists (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, et al.) to Harry S. Truman and William Jennings Bryant.
Seven Days praised the “poignant lyrics and powerful imagery” in Joy’s first release, “Updated Just Now,” while comparing its sound favorably to David Bowie, Elvis Costello, and Bruce Springsteen.
Camden Joy, née Aldeman, earned fleeting fame for a series of inflammatory New York City street postering projects in the mid-1990s. He also produced radio plays, and wrote and published two highly controversial novels, three novellas, and a story collection. 
“American Love” can be purchased and downloaded off the Bandcamp website.
 

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