Just Mustard – ‘October’
Just Mustard release the hauntingly beautiful single ‘October’.
Taken from the split single ‘Frank/October’, Just Mustard prove that they are a musical force to be reckoned with. ‘Frank’ is epic, dark and haunting. Whilst ‘October’ is not dissimilar, the new single utilises atmospheric sounds creating an all together more intense experience for the listener. There’s a hint of shoe gazing noise pop here, much like Irish legends My Bloody Valentine. For instance, guitarists David Noonan and Mete Kalyon shun chords or riffs and instead opt for walls of almost melodic noise. They sound like the screams of lost souls through a blend of static TV and white noise. Katie Ball’s vocals aren’t anymore soothing either. She sings beautiful high notes, but as angelically as that creepy school girl in horror films.
Despite the horror and strangeness of ‘October’, there is a song here. Yes, it is intense and may give you nightmares, but it isn’t hard to listen to. Just Mustard find the perfect balance of creating beautifully powerful cinematic songs that won’t put people off (or scare them away). I warn you though – be prepared. You may need to listen to Joy Division or The Smiths in order to bring you from the spectacular abyss that Just Mustard plunge you into here.
Words by Matthew Brocklehurst