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AAARTH HASSLE RECORDS, OUT 28 SEPTEMBER
Power trio’s fiery fourth sounds like the great leap forward.
Welsh three-piece The Joy Formidable never quite had the breakthrough their muscular 2011 debut The Big Roar threatened. Over three albums, though, they have made fans among such celebrated rock peers as Foo Fighters and Robert Smith. While AAARTH doesn’t veer too wildly from the template – tightly-wound rock riffs and pummelling drums forming a circle around frontwoman Ritzy Bryan’s atmospheric hooks – it doesn’t put a foot wrong, either. Opener Y Bluen Eira combines chainsaw guitars and spellbound vocals, Cicada (Land On Your Back) sounds like an amped-up campfire singalong in Blair Witch territory and Dance Of The Lotus is the sort of post-rock wig-out that you imagine met with Robert Smith’s approval. Maybe this is the one that finally brings them to wider attention. ★★★★ NIALL DOHERTY Listen To: Y Bluen Eira | Dance Of The Lotus | Cicada (Land On Your Back)
The Joy Formidable: “doesn’t put a foot wrong.”