The gestation period for Just Mustard’s second full-length was arduous and winding. The self-produced ‘Heart Under’ was subject to meticulous tweaks and re-recordings - across the space of a year in fact - before reaching its current form. Swampy and tumultuous like a month’s worth of rain, the Dundalk five-piece have spared no expense in creating immersive, cavernous spaces of shoegazing, post-punk splendour. ‘I Am You’’s nightmarish beauty, the near perfect stillness of ‘Blue Chalk’, or the crash-bang gushes of ‘In Shade’ stand out as among the album’s finest examples of Just Mustard’s mastery of tension and time. Haunted throughout by screeching guitars - sounding as much like screaming underground trains as guitars - sinewy basslines and stony drum textures, cutting divinely though it all are Katie Ball’s intimate vocal displays. Her sky-searing voice, matched with a seductively elliptic lyrical bite, offers a blinking light of human purity within such guttural and grimacing industrial soundscapes. Honing the epic of ‘Disintegration’-era Cure, during the Bloodiest of Valentines ‘Heart Under’ snugs right into that stream of dissonant rock currently emerging from the Emerald Isle - Gilla Band and tour buddies Fontaines DC among them. And isn’t the world a better place for it?
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Years on from acclaimed 2018 debut ‘Wednesday’, the Dundalk five-piece have finally emerged from slumberous hibernation, recharged and revitalised.
The track gets taken from their second album ‘Heart Under’, which will be released this Friday.
Their new album, ‘Heart Under’, is out next month.
Check out lead single ‘Still’ now.