The Just Joans – You Might be Smiling Now...
- Kirstyn Smith
- 22 November 2017
A sharper take on indie pop from the Glasgow sextet
The inexorable march of time is never far from mind throughout You Might be Smiling Now..., the Just Joans' first album in more than ten years. Just as self aware as ever before, the decade wait between records has seen the band grow up (and expand, over the years, from brother/sister duo David and Katie Pope to a sprawling six-piece), but themes of adolescence, angst and heartbreak are prevalent.
'The years are running out / it's tragic, but it's true,' mourns opener 'O' Caledonia', while 'A Matter of Time' posits: 'It's just a matter of time til they break your heart / and time's so unkind.' The chasing and stealing of time is highlighted in tracks that detail teenage hormones, through 20s confusion, winding up in middle-aged resignation. 'You Make Me Physically Sick (Let's Start Having Children)'s retro 8-bit bloops underlie the tale of a couple who have settled, and aren't happy about it: 'You're dull and your tunes are shit,' taunts Katie Pope, channelling a vaporwavey Clare Grogan.