Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Joy Formidable - "Austere" vs. "Austere"



If you've followed me for a bit, you'll know I've been on The Joy Formidable for some time. I'm still kind of kicking myself not making it to even one of the multitude of gigs they played at The Great Escape in 2009 (I really need to go back next year). Anyway, I put their debut A Balloon Called Moaning at #7 on my Top 20 last year so I'm just a little excited about hearing their upcoming The Big Roar, from which they've already released "I Don't Want To See You Like This" (TBB coverage).

The band's just released a video for their next single, a re-recorded version of "Austere", one of a handful of songs originally released on Moaning. Feel free to compare the old (below) to the new (above), both visually and sonically. What do you think?



Either way, the guitar burst over the last 45 seconds of the song sends chills up my spine. IMO, that's what's been missing (for me) in music the last few years: a good, hearty racket. The Big Roar will be released Jan. 24 (UK), Feb. 21 (EU), and finally on March 15 in the USA, just in time for their appearance(s) at SXSW. They're also releasing the record as part of a massively expanded box set, complete with two DVD's, bonus CD, plus promo clips and other goodies. Pretty audacious for a new band.

6 comments:

  1. It's about the same. They didn't change it too much for the LP and it has all the same great elements the original version had.

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  2. I dont know if it is just me or the qulaity of the videos... but it seems like in the re-recorded one there is less emphasis on the guitars and guitar bursts when the song kicks in and they want you to hear her voice more clearly...

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  3. I feel a little more grit with the new version. I think the new version isn't quite as clean a the original. I enjoy both tremendously.

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  4. Both great. Sonically prefer the new one, but love the first video. Should be a great year for them. Roll on 2011.

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  5. Overall, I think the production is a little too clean on the new one. She's carefully enunciating the lyrics this time around. I generally tend to favor the ragged exuberance of most true indie singles but both versions are pretty great.

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  6. not much to choose between the 2 version in terms of audio. The original video is miles better!, it was the thing that first alerted me to them ages ago - why did they shoot a new one.....??? Bring on the new album..!

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