Just Wondering have shared their debut body of work; 7-track EP 'Float Over', presented as a continuous mixtape and punctuated with videos and voice messages of studio conversations, laughter and outtakes. ‘Float Over’, feels like a weekend in the studio, making music with the hotly-tipped Dublin trio.
Photo: Jess Mallen
Featuring the bands three releases to date, ‘Drive’ ‘F**k That’ and their latest offering ‘Bicycles’, ‘Float Over’ marks the first introduction to the band, weaving a course between their varied musical influences from Jon Hopkins, Bonobo and Four Tet to Octavian and Headie One, to bring together their unique blend of out-and-out, unforgettable pop melodies and intimate soulful-electronica. The 7-track offering is an enthralling mix of original tracks and the songs that were the background to the making of the ‘Float Over’.
“It’s full of songs that we’ve made over the past year, dealing with stuff our friends have gone through, a few romantic spells, and always putting forward the idea that you should love your friends and have a good time, as simple as that might sound. We punctuated this with some songs we love that were on repeat in the studio and at parties, and some interludes that really feel almost like Instagram stories of a moment in time to us. The sounds of our mates out on a buzz, and voice notes we sent to each other while we wrote the tunes, pretty much sum up everything we’re about.”
Unconventionally, splitting all song-writing, production and musicianship equally between them with early songs forming from days spent sitting in Redmond’s back garden, with a beat on loop, bouncing lyrical ideas and melodies between them; It's a testament to the bond and deep friendship shared between Wale Akande, Jack O’Shaughnessy, Adam Redmond and their closest friends which is at the core of everything Just Wondering.
“To a degree we made this for our friends, and we love all of them a lot, and hopefully this can act as a symbol of friendship to people who listen to it. With the year we’ve had recently it’s been a really good way to feel connected to friendship and the buzz, and we hope people feel the same.”
‘Float Over’, is resplendent with the feel-good abundance and sharp pop-sensibilities meets soulful-electronica that has earned Just Wondering a slew of fans with merely three singles to their name. Early champions include Annie Mac and Jack Saunders, as well as notable press nods.
With Dublin as their backdrop, they have captured a simplified innocence for fun, grounded in appreciation and offering a perfect antidote to the year just gone. ‘Float Over’, marks the undeniable talent and true arrival of Just Wondering.
'Float Over' is out now. Listen HERE
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