Jockstrap’s newest single “Concrete Over Water” is truly a journey of a listen. Opening with a brief haunting and incomprehensible vocal sample, the song makes several complete transformations over its 6 minutes. It begins like a slow ballad accompanied by a soft and swelling keyboard and strings. Dark undertones are present from the beginning, as the synthesized instrumentals are introduced choppily in layers. The first section of the song remains perfectly melodic to unsuspecting ears, though there are foreshadowing moments of near-dissonance.
Around the 2 minute mark, the song begins to descend rapidly into chaos. A percussive beat is introduced, along with glitchy dog bark-esque background sounds. Suddenly it’s a pounding electronic banger. But just as you’re getting into the new beat, it’s gone and the piano ballad is back. The song swings back and forth a couple more times between these two disparate styles. Though the transitions are jarring, they work, and the ethereal lyrics match the nature of the music.
“Concrete Over Water” is ever-engaging, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats. And though one might have to be in the right mood to listen to it (it's not exactly a workout jam for the gym or a dance-able rave track, nor is it what Spotify might call a coffeehouse chill-out tune) it has something for everyone.
Underground electronic enthusiasts and indie sad girls alike will be fascinated by this song.