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Art School Jocks – “Nina”

Drowsy Atlanta quartet Art School Jocks are releasing their self-titled debut EP in a couple of weeks, and we’ve already heard “Just A Gwen” and “Catdog” from it. The next song they’re sharing is “Nina,” a spindly and oddly-constructed track that starts with a 80 seconds of buildup before plateauing into a shuffling minute-long breakdown. But when the mealy-mouthed vocals come into frame, they feel incisive despite their despondency: “Once the lethargy sets in, I got no means to exorcise it/ Drop the superlatives, they feel awkward and I don’t like it/ Black lives matter to me, remember all that came before thee.” It’s a cryptic center to the song, but the fact that it’s a little difficult to grasp only makes it that much more mystifyingly weird. Listen below.

Art School Jocks is out 6/2 via Father/Daughter Records. Pre-order it here.