Juze - Next to Me
Passion and yearning wrestle within the very heart of Juze’s “Next to Me”. This conflict, this desire, propels the piece forward. Juze’s vocals have such depth to them for he puts a modern spin on the classic ballad. By bringing a sense of tension into the mix the piece depicts with perfection the struggle that comes from wanting another and all the strange emotions that come with it. Deeply committed to the pop template, elements of rock, the blues, and even electronica filter into the ever-shifting sea of sound. His vocals prove to be the very centre of it all from which all else flows. Word choice is carefully considered and his verses speak profound universal truths about what it means to truly navigate one’s innermost thoughts and feelings.
A singular guitar sets the tone, with its elegant phrasing gradually giving way to a much larger, ever more consuming sound. Vocals are adorned by ambient flourishes right at the very periphery of the piece, as the song becomes ever more expansive. Beats go for a certain nimbleness nicely riding the fluorescence of the bassline. Eventually, the move over into a light EDM kick feels just right and fully earned. Quite catchy the way that the positivity and joy seems to come into the fray feels absolutely wonderful to behold, as it all has a lush cadence to it.
Juze delivers something thoughtful and poignant on the irresistible hook-laden pop of “Next to Me”.