“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, and her song "Imagining Things" will be featured on the Local Roots Music NW Volume 5 CD coming out in early 2019.
Sample Track: Brian Wilson is Afraid of the Ocean
The Normal Fauna live experience in less than 2 minutes, including banter! Clips are from "Can't See a Thing" (Cafe Artichoke, Portland, OR, 6/7/18), "Live This" (Influence Music Hall, Hillsboro, OR, 4/6/18), "Brian Wilson is Afraid of the Ocean" (Cafe Artichoke, 11/9/18), and "I Feel Weird" (Atlantis Lounge, Portland, OR, 1/8/19).
full song sample
Shakers (many of them made by me!) were shook, hands were clapped, and the holiday season became beautiful for me. This is the song chosen for the Local Roots Music NW Volume 5 CD coming out in early April, here performed in its solo acoustic version with a wonderfully participatory audience. Recorded at Atlantis Lounge, Portland, OR, 12/18/18.