High Jump / CLIIAL / Single Review


Turn up the volume, lose yourself in the daydream, and let High Jump’s “CLIIAL” paint your world in a kaleidoscope of sonic brilliance.

London dream-pop duo High Jump (Rick and Harry), fresh off the heels of their debut single “M2K,” return with “CLIIAL,”a genre-bending evolution that confirms their mastery of swirling dream-pop and psych-infused grooves. This acronym for “Can’t Lose It In A Lifetime” isn’t just a catchy title, it’s the mantra that fuels the song’s exhilarating blend of guitar-driven psychedelia and pulsating electronic beats.

Born from a simple guitar melody by Harry, the track blossomed into a sonic tapestry under the influence of Toro y Moi, Jai Paul, and LA Priest. The foundation is a harmonious blend of guitar and vocals, cradled by the steady thrum of a TR-808. But “CLIIAL” isn’t content to stay grounded. A jam session with Rick injects electronic flourishes reminiscent of the Paul brothers and Caroline Polachek, creating a vibrant dance between organic and synthetic elements.

This push-pull of acoustic warmth and digital coolness embodies the song’s lyrical message. Inspired by Robin Williams’s “spark of madness” mantra, “CLIIAL” is a call to embrace our unique edges, to resist the urge to smooth them down in a world that loves conformity. This is a song for unapologetic dreamers, for those who revel in the exhilarating uncertainty of life’s journey.

The vocals are a standout here. They nestle perfectly into the Lo-Fi pop beats, weaving a melody that both soothes and invigorates. Rick’s production deserves all the accolades, layering instrumentals and dynamic beats with masterful precision. Every element feels intentional, building a soundscape that’s both intimate and expansive.

Whether you’re cruising down the highway with the windows down or waking up to its sunny optimism, “CLIIAL” is an instant mood-booster. It’s a sonic hug, and a reminder to hold onto the fire within. This is the sound of a band unafraid to push boundaries, and we can’t wait to see what future leaps they have in store.

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