Just Mustard - Heart Under
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2022 Ratings: #19 / 406
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Based on 354 ratings
2022 Ratings: #61
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
After being dubbed a shoegaze band on their 2018 debut album, its industrial yet dreamy follow-up ensures the Dundalk five-piece won’t be put in any boxes at all.
100
The Telegraph

Just Mustard have said they wanted their second album, Heart Under, to make the listener feel like they are driving through a tunnel with the windows down. And on this noisy, wonderfully chaotic record, the band seems to have nailed it.

90
Loud and Quiet

Just Mustard are a band completely at one with their sound, and with Heart Under they have well and truly mastered the art of atmospheric rock. Not bad going for a second album – not bad at all.

90
DIY
Swampy and tumultuous like a month’s worth of rain.
90
The Line of Best Fit

Admittedly, the decidedly blue atmosphere of Heart Under can be a bit one-note, albeit seldomly. However, it still frequently froths from lips, almost unceasingly, with the type of music you wish more post-punk revivalists, bedroom pop darlings, and even some shoegaze traditionalists would aspire to make more of.

85
Paste
The Irish quintet’s second album, a tornado of distorted dissonance, places them among the vanguard of the British Isles’ ever-crowded post-punk scene.
80
The Skinny
Just Mustard's second album is an ear-piercing piece of intuitively crafted work.
80
God Is in the TV

This  album is smoky shoegaze on a more industrial level, with drummer, Shane Maguire, beating an iron staircase with a stick, creating a metallic backbeat that contrasts the beauty of the vocals.

80
Gigwise
Overall, this is a wonderfully enthralling second album from the Dundalk outfit, that again is a big leap forward from their debut in terms of both its production and songcraft.
80
Clash
An album that offers tangents into frightening corridors, ‘Heart Under’ allows Just Mustard the space to evolve on their own terms. A striking, fantastically original work, this is an album that taps into animalistic emotion.
80
Dork
With gentle vocals and often minimal accompaniment, it’s easy to get lost in the shoegazy aura, but the unconventional guitar croons soon bring you right back to the moment.
80
The Independent

Heart Under is an album rooted in anticipation: Just Mustard know it’s the glimmer of danger that’s most enthralling of all.

80
The Irish Times
In many ways, a sense of being underwater permeates this record, in tone and timbre, like The Cocteau Twins taking a dip.
80
Under The Radar

Everything is done in service to the feeling of a song, even more than to its melody, though the hooks take hold in short time. Heart Under beats with uneasy equilibrium.

80
Beats Per Minute

Nothing about what Just Mustard is doing is all that original per se, but their ability to contort their instruments to sound like otherworldly utensils is truly an anomaly in shoegaze currently. The wicked atmosphere that they’ve crafted across Heart Under is worthy of celebration alone.

80
Spectrum Culture

Heart Under is a bold step into new sonic territory that they will help to define.

77
Pitchfork
The Irish shoegaze band plunges into darkness on its brilliantly textured second album, led by the eerie vocals of Katie Ball.
R1v3r__
75

Disclaimer this album isnt actually just mustard, made of mustard, about mustard or anything like that.

Doofy
73

Some impressive (and oppressive) instrumental work while the vocals have character and match the music well enough - in a genre where more often than not they’re maddeningly bland.

JohnLouisHoward
100

an absolutely brilliant and flawless record. their powerful debut album Wednesday announced their unique style of grindgaze. but Heart Under is more than simply a refinement of their sound. they have taken their music to a new level with an organic and purposeful cohesion, a singularity of focus that puts me in mind of Joy Division, Wire, and Portishead.

Katie Ball's vocals are sonic perfection and she has just the right tone and delivery to counter-balance the stridency and harshness of the ... read more

85

As my first full album from a shoegaze artist, I feel like this shouldn't have been my first full album. It's still great, but there were some pieces that sounded like it didn't try to be shoegaze. Maybe if I listened to more, I wouldn't be as impressed.

For once, I'm gonna start with the lyrics because there's not much to say. A lot of them feel very cryptic for the sake of it, but others capture a very haunting feeling where Just Mustard is at its best. You're not gonna remember them as much ... read more

88

this is like alien shit, beam me up bro

DolphinLaugh
80

This album isn't really easy to identify in the crowd of all shoegaze artists and albums, but this does have remarkable highlights such as 23 and especially I Am You, which is easily one of my favorite songs of the year. The first half is noticeably better than the second half, but the album sounds great and there are no real major problems.

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Track List

123
4:53
84
2Still
4:05
84
3I Am You
3:50
82
4Seed
4:48
79
5Blue Chalk
5:01
74
6Early
3:49
76
7Sore
4:24
79
8Mirrors
4:17
76
9In Shade
4:38
77
10Rivers
5:27
76
Total Length: 45 minutes
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Added on: February 23, 2022