The Joy Formidable burst onto the scene in 2010 on the back of giant, visceral rock and roll songs and a reputation for one of the most incendiary live shows around. The opening minutes of the Welsh trio’s new song, “Wolf’s Law”, are a departure from these roots, featuring a stark, delicate piano supporting Ritzy Bryan, who sings softer here than ever before.
The official video for the track mimics this change in tempo, flashing scene after scene of still, serene nature. As the track builds up the clips grow more complex, tossing in moving shots of humanity and bustling cities. By the time footage of crashing waves, forest fires and human birth rolls — reminding us of the chaotic beauty of nature and life — buzzing guitars push the song back into the level of enormity that has become the band’s hallmark. Carl Sagan wrote that, “Our planet, our society, and we ourselves are made from star stuff.” The Joy Formidable reinforce that credo as everything recedes from stars, space and galaxies into a reflection of Earth in a human eye.
You can grab an MP3 copy of the “Wolf’s Law” from the Joy Formidable’s website in exchange for your email address. Follow the link below to sign up for their newsletter.