Also taking profound inspiration from the recent passing of her grandfather and his love for old Perry Cuomo and barbershop tunes, Bryan’s voice on has become a powerful, emotive weapon.
On the title track, her vocals are both vulnerable and blistering as they cascade to an emotional zenith above mounting piano and strings.
Fortunately, it was love at first jam for the new trio.
“If you’ve had a strange dynamic in the previous band, you come to really appreciate when something is special,” says Bryan.
“I relay the story now and people think, ‘You’re fucking crazy,’ because it was really cold, we’re snowed in and I think to people it sounds like, ‘Oh, you got cabin fever,’” says Bryan.
“It sounds kind of strange but we were just having a really great, fruitful time. It was not a difficult second album at all.” The recording process was made even easier considering that the band tour with a mobile studio, which makes sense given the amount of time they’re on the road these days.
The Joy Formidable’s brand of dreamy, driven shoegaze has thrived in the live setting; fans resonate with the searing live performances that showcase the trio’s ability to temper powerful percussion and heart-melting melodies in songs that feel alternately frantic and soothing.
It’s an impressive feat to pull off, resulting in critical raves in addition to an exponentially growing fan base.
During the lead-up to , Bryan even turned her bandmates’ ears towards Disney animated films.
At the end of a recent American tour, the trio found themselves stuck in Portland, Maine, with mountains of snow outside their door.