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Local alt-pop group Joan & the Giants released their fiercely vulnerable fourth single Bloodstream today. 

Bloodstream is more fast-paced than the rest of the band’s discography. Amid the atmospheric synths, rippling guitar and reverberating drums, you can feel the raw emotion carry through as it has in previous singles, like Wolves and Hold Me.

The track explores dark aspects of a broken relationship, with lead singer Grace Newton-Wordsworth conveying feelings of invisibility and a struggle to break free. However it’s not all doom and gloom, with a powerful chorus hitting the musical mark and expressing triumph over the song’s darker parts. 

I enjoy how simple yet effective the song is. In addition to the aforementioned instrumentals, Grace’s haunting and ambient vocal harmonies not only blend well, but enrich the whole listening experience.

For all the Florence + The Machine and Daughter fans out there, Joan & the Giants are a band to follow, especially if you like candid songwriting and a modern folk-like tune.

They’re launching Bloodstream at Clancy’s Fish Pub in Freo next Saturday, so get down there if you like what you hear!