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Rough Trade's Albums of the Month - October
Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable return with yet another huge step forward, in the shape of fourth album AAARTH.
The Welsh trio (vocals & guitar RItzy / bass Rhydian / drums Matt) release their fourth album. It was recorded in their mobile recording studio with songs created all over the world then brought home to roost in the Welsh hills and made into a lush new album. A little bit grungy, a little bit hard rocky, even a little bit of metal-tinged chug. Ritzy’s smooth vocals soar and dive over churning, swaying lurching fluttering guitars, grinding bass and relentless drums. It’s not all hard-hitting alt-rock though - a skilful hand on the power-on button means there’s room for a sweeter side and a push me, pull me tug on the dynamics.
Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable return with yet another huge step forward, in the shape of fourth album AAARTH. Propelled by their restlessness and curiosity, the band continue to sit at the forefront of inventive and aggressive guitar music, taking what can be done with the instrument to new levels with each album. AAARTH marks a transformative, near-psychedelic rebirth that channels long-held anger, soundtracking a chaotic global period of injustice and division, setting it against a deeply poignant backdrop of personal experiences and healing. Although the album came into being as the band travelled the globe and recorded in their mobile recording studio, the music intertwines the whispering hills of Wales with the otherworldly rainbow canyons of the Utah / Arizona border. It's an intense, melodic and commanding piece of work.
LP - Black Vinyl with Download.
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CD - Digipack.