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Album Review - The Joy Formidable: Into the Blue (August 20, 2021)
The Joy Formidable, one of the best alt rock bands on the scene are back with their new album Into the Blue which drops this Friday. Into the Blue is the first full-length release for the Welsh three-piece since 2018's AARTH. The album will surely continue the rise for the band that has previously opened for Foo Fighters and played mainstage at Reading and Leads Festivals respectively.
Into the Blue is the perfect album for pandemic escapism as it's all about love, magic, and new adventures. The band says, "It’s about opening your eyes to beauty and love again. Making it to the other side. Whilst not conceived as a metaphor for the times we all live in now, it certainly turned out that way”. Each track glistens off the record for the listener, with an ethereal sound to the vocals and a shoegaze rock enriched sound that only this band can produce. Ritzy Bryan (vocals and guitar) vocals soar on each track and she is sometimes joined by bassist Rhydian Dafydd Davies where the two compliment one another perfectly, especially on the album's title track.
To get your hands on this one, the album will be released digitally and on limited edition colored vinyl via Enci Records in North America, Full Time Hobby in Europe and Soundly Distro in the rest of the world. When you get a chance to give this one a listen, I beg you don't give it a cursory listen. Really give Into the Blue the time as it is so rewarding both thematically and sonically.
Rating - 5/5