You don’t have to be a musicologist or musician to know what makes great music. You don’t even need to be a critic or a journalist. You certainly don’t have to be a blogger.
Because great music is felt as much as it is heard. If it makes you feel something powerfully good inside, then the chances are that it’s great music.
So let’s put this simply. This is how we feel about The Joy Formidable’s new song Wolf’s Law; it’s f*ckin’ amazing. Did we just swear? Yes we bloody well did and we make no apologies for it.
Because that’s how it makes us feel.
It does everything we want music to do. It beckons us cautiously and delicately in, then with (dare we say it) Coldplay-esque piano chords wells up and pushes higher and higher, gradually becoming more and more gargantuan. When we hear Wolf’s Law we feel as if oceans are crashing, stars are colliding and suddenly anything, absolutely anything, in life is possible. If that’s a cliché, then sorry but we really don’t care.
Our one criticism, it’s too short. It sounds like someone has shot down the rocket before it’s even got beyond the clouds. Another fifteen minutes of ever building power and potent noise would have suited us fine.
Welcome back The Joy Formidable; certainly not just a fuzzy pop indie band anymore.