Huddersfield quartet Just Suppose gave us one of the best indie singles of 2018 with ‘Shockwaves‘. Their latest may not have that same crunching intensity, but they retain a proggy, disruptive sound that sets them apart and makes for essential listening.
The echo-heavy riff and light touches of cymbal that serve as opener set the tone perfectly. This is a mellow ride, blissful and seemingly far away. Hence: ‘No Cause For Alarm’. The beat may still move at a canter, in an odd signature, but that is what Just Suppose do well. They bring interesting and unconventional techniques to music that is still easy to enjoy.
The sudden but vibrant bursts of synth are little more than a garnish, but add so much to the track. They give the track its skyward momentum. The riff is just sublime; simple, but mesmerising, looping in and in on itself like one of those OG Windows Media Player visualisers. It is one of those simple but infectious hooks that you find looping, subconsciously, in your head.
The vocals are great too, a department that tends to suffer in grass roots indie rock bands. They really soar in the chorus, and drift with an effortlessness that adds to the weightless feel of the track. Blissful and detached but urgent too. It’s a complexity that rewards repeat listens.
Trance-like and beautifully realised, there’s more than a little of Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ to this. A starlit, hypnotic four minutes of sheer bliss. This is another brilliant track.
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