This is a track that exudes a super-cool nonchalance, a kind of take it or leave it attitude that boldly states: “f*** you, I’ll sing about the weather if I want”. There is a certain tongue-in-cheek appeal from the lyrics; the emotional depth of the performance would not be out of place in a song about a prospective lover, or a momentous struggle for self realisation. Yet Clarkson subverts this and gives us a song that, when broken down, is basically saying: “I hope the forecast is good this weekend”.
From the off, this song sounds heavily inspired by the likes of Australian trippys Tame Impala and Pond (he is probably just jealous of all the sun they get). Whilst it obviously owes a debt to its Australian cousins, it has enough about it to stand on its own two feet. The song begins with a melodic synthy hook that gives way to a downbeat vocal which longs for the “weather I deserve”. The main synth hook returns for the chorus along with punchy vocals hitting home the track’s title.
The first thing that caught my attention, however, is how well the track is produced. Plenty of much more established bands delve into psychedelic waters and manage to lose themselves in layer upon layer of indistinct mushy synth. However, Love Jockey evidently has a clinical ear and isn’t afraid of stripping it down to the bare essentials.
It’s definitely worth a listen.
You can now listen to the track on Spotify.