I expected moody indie-pop from the opening moments of Cast A Spell, but after a mellow introduction, was greeted by playfully powerful bars from the duo that deliver female empowerment with an edge. There’s something wonderfully seething how they casually bounce around lines that taunt men for underwhelming genitals and hold their sexuality above the subject’s head as they declare “we won’t turn you on once again, this is the time to pay your dues to the women.” Not only is the lyrical content top notch, but the synergy between the duo is wonderfully natural as they trade back and forth before reaching harmonic perfection on the hook.
Their sonic versatility continues throughout the record as they deliver hazy r&b and sassy downtempo pop that’s all equally impactful. My personal favorite cut is “For Hands On Ass”, a nuanced cut with ominous production, simmering vocals, and a chorus that’s impossible to shake. It’s a track that points toward potential for their music to become an essential part of the conversation when it comes to artists that are pushing sonic and topical boundaries. I look forward to spending more time with this record and hearing whatever JUICY concocts next.