ALBUM REVIEW: The Joy Formidable – Into The Blue | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Hassle Records

Released: 20.08.21






Whoosh! Feel the force of the blue wave as it floods the senses and sweeps you up and off your feet in an all engulfing embrace. Just as you come up for air from the seismic shock of The Joy Formidable’s title track and album opener you are knocked sideways by a bullet train follow-up.

Into The Blue sees the Welsh trio continuing their quest to create towering, overpowering guitar riffs whilst not stinting on either melody or sensitivity. The shimmering, whirlpool of indie guitar refractions and Ritzy Bryan’s soothing voice build an architecture that is a triumph over adversity. This is an album to lift your mood and send it soaring. It could just be the album you have been waiting for.


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