Skiddle rating: 5/5
Reviewed by: Josef Minta
From the first attention grabbing note, the latest single from London four-piece Joana and the Wolf drags you along with the sheer force of its blindingly simple guitar riff, which gives great pace and energy to the track.
The song just seems to keep building and giving, and as the other instruments join in they produce a tight and tense feel that drives the whole song forward and must translate into a great live performance.
The key element of this whole package is, of course, the “voice”. It’s all too easy with so many female singers around at the moment to say “Oh yeah, she sounds like (insert name here)”. This would be a great disservice to Joana Glaza who has a powerful, unique voice that has strength and fragility in equal measure and weaves perfectly with the music. The beautiful voice, in equal parts strange and simple, complex yet accessible, combined with a great lyrical sensibility is a winning combination.
The B-side 'Vagabond Song' is a more laid back, folksy affair with the ethereal quality of Joana fully employed for great effect.