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Gentle Jawns leave space for introspection on their new Beat Tape Vol. 2
The black queer production duo GentleJawns, made up of Jacqueline Constance and Joie Kathos, is back at it again with the GentleJawns Beat Tape Vol. 2. The 9-track instrumental project is a followup to their first quarantine release back in May.
As the days are getting shorter, air growing colder, and we’re continually adjusting to solitude, this GentleJawns Beat Tape Vol. 2 leaves space for introspection and calm. The music, while complex, isn’t fussy – it’s an ambient masterpiece made for daydreaming.
While many of the tracks are void of words, “After 2am” glides into your ears with unhurried keys and meandering drums. In the later half of the song this later transforms into the soft vocals of Constance and Kathos crooning “I can tell you how i feel about you night and day” — a reference to Al B. Sure!’s 1988 release “Nite and Day.”
Another gem is “First Time” with it’s spacy synths and rhythmic pulsations. Glitchy snares are sprinkled through-out to create a subtle build up that climaxes with a sort of audio sunburst effect.
“Heartbeat” is one of the more upbeat songs on the project, it kicks off with staccato percussions and moves on to latin inspired strings. While this may be a stylistic departure from the rest of the project, GentleJawns brings us back home with the following track, “I Don’t Know.”
The bedroom beats are glitchy and mellow and the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine or other vices of the greener variety. So go check out their Bandcamp and go find you some peace of mind.