In a sentence:
The Beths’ second album ‘Jump Rope Gazers’ sees them access a new level of depth and emotion in their songwriting.
The Beths’ second studio album, titled Jump Rope
Gazers, has definitely been a release that fans of the band have been
impatiently waiting for. The Auckland-based indie-rockers released an enjoyable
and well-received debut Future
Me Hates Me back in 2018, swiftly raising to the top of playlist thanks
to their enticing energy and attitude, and catchy, relatable lyrics.
On Jump Rope Gazers, The Beths use pretty much the
same formula to record songs which are not only melodic but also have depth and
a genuine emotion within them. Even though the album starts in a noisy, almost
obnoxious way with ‘I’m
Not Getting Excited’, as it progresses we can hear less and less of that
explosiveness – and while The Beths are incredibly good when they do crank it
up, there is nothing wrong with the band pacing themselves and trying out
slower tempos too.
Unexpectedly, or not, some of the best songs on the record
sit on the quieter side – title track ‘Jump Rope Gazers’ is an
honest and heartfelt story of falling in love, where the band’s lead singer
Elizabeth Stokes candidly confesses “I think I love you, and I think that I
loved you the whole time” just to simply ask herself “How could this
happen?” in an honest yet happy bewilderment.
On ‘Do You
Want Me Now’, Stokes sings about a feeling of not being sure, and trying to
figure out how to cope with uncertainty, which for so many us can be put into
those few, simple words, which can mean both mean something big or absolutely
nothing: “I’ll see you around”. The Beths end their sophomore record on
another ambiguous note, with a sweet yet meaningful song, ‘Just Shy Of Sure’. As Stokes
explained herself, the last track on the album can be compared to “attempted
optimism, or viewing optimism from within a bubble of depressive pessimism”,
making us wonder what the future will be like, knowing the often difficult
present, yet hoping for the good days ahead. (7/10) (Alicja Rutkowska)
Listen to Jump Rope Gazers by The Beths here via Spotify, and tell us what you think below!
Tags: Alicja Rutkowska, Benjamin Sinclair, Carpark Records, Elizabeth Stokes, Jonathan Pearce, Jump Rope Gazers, review, The Beths, Tristan Deck
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