Jockstrap | Next Wave

Jockstrap Next Wave

After their promising EPs ‘Beavercore’ and ‘Wicked City’, Jockstrap delivered one of the best records of last year in impeccable style.

For those unfamiliar, Jockstrap is a collaborative project between Black Country, New Road members Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye. It would be easy to write them off just as a BC, NR side project, but they have quickly destroyed any preconceptions of their ability to innovate and surprise with this gem of a record.

'ILYJB' is a masterclass on how to take the best parts of folk and meld them with contemporary electronica over beats sometimes glitchy and others glistening. It’s a combination that would scare off or fail lesser artists, but Jockstrap experiments with ease and deliver ten songs over pure bliss that bounce from intimacy over to a surprising amount of unassuming lust and complexity.

Once you get past the mind-bending arrangements and genre-blends, the album shows itself as a vulnerable and beautiful character portrait that balances desires emotional and sexual (‘Greatest Hits’ & ‘Jennifer B’) with a back-and-forth of confusion (‘What’s It All About?’), reflection (‘Angst’) and sadness (‘Debra’).

After several months of repeat listens, it has only gotten better and better. It remains a highlight of 2022 and one of the most exciting demonstrations of experimentation from a new generation. Essential listening.

‘I Love You, Jennifer B’ is available in the Store now.

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