‘Among the the bands currently making the rounds with debut albums from the U.K. is Jouis. The band’s 2014 CD is called Dojo and it’s packed with a range of effective progressive rock elements. With each member also adding in vocals, the five part harmonies kind of evoke early America (the band, not the country) while the complex arrangements are infused with jazzy tendencies making them also sound a bit like Steely Dan at times. The CD packaging is great but there’s not much indication as to who plays what, but the musicianship is first rate as is the production by Phill Brown. The lyrics are printed on the back cover of the CD so you can read along as you marvel at the wealth of musical ideas in motion here. With Dojo, the band known as Jouis carries the spirit of 21st century progressive rock well into the future’
Here’s a review from Swedish site Universumnoll (Roughly translated!):
‘As well jouis’ debut CD “Dojo” (self-publishing) which also had a bumpy road here, it was “lost” in the post for more than two months before it finally arrived with his revealing postmark. It meets my two favorite-V’s “well played” and “varied”. Harmonies, very guitar, a mixture of prog-looking shapes and a lot of jazz influences, like that nice timeless as part of the newly released Prog. 1972 is long gone but the DNA is there. Five are from Brighton, imagine a meeting between Moon Safari and Gosta Berling’s Saga but with a jazzy drummer. Type’
“Jouis have totally succeeded in creating an album where jazz rhythms, psychedelic musings and musical space and harmony coexist to present a wonderfully uplifting kaleidoscopic tapestry of sounds. I look forward to discovering which direction this highly talented young band takes in their next release”
Nathan Ford from the Active Listener reviews Dojo – Link
‘This Brighton based quintet’s debut sounds extremely well lived in. In June 2013 they set to work building their own studio by converting, and acoustically treating two rooms in an abandoned office block. As a result their debut “Dojo” has the relaxed sound of an album made in an unhurried fashion, in an environment where the band are completely at ease to explore any possible directions that their songs could go in, without time constraints or record company executives breathing down their collective necks.