The Joy Formidable – ‘The Big Roar’ (Atlantic 2011)

The Joy Formidable’s debut album ‘The Big Roar’ is one of my records of the year,  the album begins with sporadic percussion which builds slowly, leading into ‘The Everchanging Spectrum of a Lie.’ The self-important titles much resemble the portentous layering of the guitars throughout the LP. The album blends pop sensibilities with an almost incessant wall of sound effect and Ritzy Bryan’s vocals are reminiscent of Kim Gordon’s at times (Sonic Youth- Kissability).

“akin to being trapped in the eye of a hurricane with a stereo

The surprise track is austere with its looped wailing sample – yet somehow it still manages to blend into the rest of the album effortlessly due to the overlapping bass and drums which play a key part in JF’s sound.The best song on the album is undoubtably ‘whirring’ describing the overall feel of the album in one word. However I would like to be more convoluted in my description and compare JF’s otherworldly sound, akin to being trapped in the eye of a hurricane with a stereo. Now who’s being portentous…?

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