Filled with swelling synths, engaging lyricism and well-timed beats, Juze is a refreshing breath of fresh air in the contemporary pop scene. Instead of merely bringing a bubblegum joviality to his music, this Netherlands-based artist shows depth, sincerity and sentimentality. Having worked with artists like Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, BTS, Skrillex and Ed Sheeran, it is clear the lad has a talent for commercial sounds; however, he is also hitting the ears of smaller DIY-inspired audiences. The latest addition to his discography is the single ‘Just Okay’.
Following his singles ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’ and ‘Next To Me’, ‘Just Okay’ is a synth-filled dream-pop song with shoegaze qualities. A collaboration with his former student C4LVN, Juze once again showcases his versatility as an artist and producer; however, it should be noted that producer Ortzy did help “spread his magic all over the place” – Juze’s words, not mine. Yet, I have to agree that the track certainly has a sense of magic about it.
With strong synths, flowing harmonies and charming vocals, the single brings together upbeat joviality and soothing languidness. Reminiscent of Maisie Peters and LANY, but with a Tame Impala undertone, there is a mild indie-pop sound amidst the contemporary dream-pop style. In my mind, this means ‘Just Okay’ appeals to more audiences, particularly those who are wary of electronic music. Regardless of your genre preference, you will be pushed into a hazy soundscape with this single.
While you can become lost in the fuzziness of the kaleidoscopic soundscape, it is the lyrical content that pushes ‘Just Okay’ to the next level. Exploring the consequences of one-sided relationships, ‘Just Okay’ explores feelings of under-appreciation, yearning, angst and frustration. Oddly enough, the smoothness of the vocals enhances a melancholic vibe presenting a seeming juxtaposition between buoyancy and despair. It is something that can be equally suited to the dancefloor as well as long nights curled up in your pyjamas eating lots of chocolate.
Side note: Juze released an official music video for ‘Just Okay’. We are not sharing it in this review due to the intensive strobe effects which can cause seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy.