Jim Santo's Demo Universe

Joce - "Tell Me" b/w "Today Is Forever"

"Tell Me" is a languid, moody tale of romantic frustration-slash-confusion, sung by Joce in a sweet but exhausted voice that cracks at the edges. With its off-tuned acoustic guitar and spare but lovely harmonies, it's a memorable debut. Less strong yet still charming is "Today Is Forever." Toy xylophone and melodium don't compensate for a meandering melody but Joce's delectable vocal -- girlish but not cutesy -- ultimately saves the day. No trick, October's "single of the month" is a fine treat.

Cassette received October 26, 1998