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The Joy Hotel share second offering 'Black Balloon'

The Joy Hotel, a powerhouse seven-piece hailing from Glasgow, have released their second single 'Black Balloon', offering a tantalising glimpse into their upcoming debut album 'Ceremony'.

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Known for their electrifying live performances, the band has once again delivered a track that showcases their ability to blend diverse musical elements into a cohesive and captivating sound.

Vocalist Emme Woods delivers a powerful and emotive performance, her voice soaring above the intricate instrumentation with both strength and vulnerability. The lyrics of 'Black Balloon' are introspective and poetic, exploring themes of loss, longing, and the search for meaning in a turbulent world.

What sets The Joy Hotel apart from many of their contemporaries is their ability to seamlessly blend the band's astonishing range of harmonies, and 'Black Balloon' is no exception. The production is polished yet retains an organic feel, allowing the raw emotion of the performance to shine through.

On the week of the of band's debut album "Ceremony" being released, The Joy Hotel will embark on a series of UK instore performances, bringing their dynamic sound directly to fans across the country. These intimate shows will offer a unique opportunity to experience the band's new material up close and personal, highlighting their exceptional ability to connect with audiences.

Vocalist Emme Woods says about the song "Black Balloon went through many forms before we finally finished writing it while recording at Rockfield. It feels deeply personally, like a bit of a curse or premonition. In essence it’s a story about someone losing their baby and helping that person find their way back to health, both physically and mentally. We wanted the song to move through stages, with each part bringing us closer to seeing the light in a dark time. The song culminates in a refrain that is intended to have a unifying spirit, that maybe life would be easier if we all helped each other more. When it came to playing live for the first time, it was a lump in the throat kind of tune but we’ve made it through and it’s finally time to release to the world."

'Black Balloon' is a powerful single that not only showcases The Joy Hotel's musical prowess but also sets the stage for what promises to be a remarkable debut album. Their upcoming instore performances are a must-see for any indie rock aficionado and a perfect prelude to the release of 'Ceremony'



31 May - Fynefest, Argyll, UK

06 July - Kelburn Garden Party, Kilmarnock, UK

03 August - SWG3, Glasgow, UK (supporting Belle and Sebastian)

Instore live dates

Monday 22nd July - Glasgow Assai - Tickets here

Tuesday 23rd July - Edinburgh Assai - Tickets here

Thursday 25th July - London, Dash The Henge - Tickets here

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