Brian Wilson is Afraid of the Ocean
“Finally someone believed me, said 'what they said wasn't true, but you can't do it like them, you gotta do it like you'...and that's when I grew”
— Andee Joyce, "Can't See a Thing"
Normal fauna ft. andee joyce
Normal Fauna is the music project of singer/songwriter Andee Joyce, who has taken the last 70 years' worth of pop, rock, soul, blues, folk, Broadway, and world music and put it through a filter that comes out "all Andee," whether she's playing a Little Martin, a miniature Les Paul copy, a uke bass, or a loop pedal on which she stacks layers of polyrhythmic percussion.
Her voice is both well weathered and startlingly rangy, and her lyrics take on the unique perspective of a person with "alternate wiring" making her way in the world with panache, humor, and charm. She can induce you to slow dance to a song about a prehistoric statue, clap (and maybe flap!) along with a song about her late-diagnosed autism, and share her joy in finally getting to make the sounds she has always longed to make. She was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Coast Songwriting Contest.
Sample Track: Brian Wilson is Afraid of the Ocean
sample live videos
"Can't See a Thing" is my little manifesto about finally finding out the truth about who I really am. When I have a background music gig, I do this without the audience participation and just drum on the clapping part. Recorded at Arte Soleil, Portland, OR, 4/21/18. English language closed captions available.
"Venus, If You Will..." is my tribute to the Venus (or Woman) of Willendorf, my most favorite prehistoric status, and here I have a 50-second intro where I talk about how and why I wrote it. Again, though, when I do a background music gig I dispense with that and get right to the song. Recorded live at Cafe Artichoke, Portland, OR, 5/3/18. English language closed captions available.