Voyaging through this Jockstrap record feels like being dragged through an art gallery by your collar. Colours, shapes, ideas flashing by in an instant. A chaotic adventure that turns the familiar into its own spectacle. ‘I Love You Jennifer B’, the duo’s long-awaited full-length, is no less wild than their previous releases. But everything here seems to click more. A record creaking and groaning under the weight of its ideas in a way that’s more thrilling than exhausting. Opener ‘Neon’ genuinely feels like it’s about to fall apart, taking your speakers with it. ‘Angst’ begins as a beautiful, harp-led lullaby that wouldn’t sound out of place with Joanna Newsom in the seat. But, in classic Jockstrap fashion, even the most beautiful thing must decay a little. The combination of Georgia Ellery’s stunning vocal and Taylor Skye’s Willy Wonka style mind is pure alchemy that comes to an awe-inspiring head on ‘Concrete Over Water’, a track that stuffs so many ideas into its 6-minute runtime while still feeling like a pop song. ‘I Love You Jennifer B’ feels like everything that’s come before has just been a trial run. It’s bolder, more rewarding, and so much more cohesive. But it would be silly to think this is their final form. Like technicolour magicians, they’ve got plenty more up their sleeves.
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