The eclectic pair again disguise pop music’s natural evolution under increasingly redundant glitching.
“Touch down in LA, I hit up 16, with David, share all of my beans” is the moment on “GREEN” where the curtain rises, and the show begins properly. The cast – viral stars Yungster Jack and David Shawty, and prolific producer 16yrold – are loosed onto the stage with nothing but their minds and a pocket full of mixed drugs. True to the “Yungster” name, Jack’s opening verse infects the other two (as well as producer CaptainCrunch, sidelined by 16yrold in “GREEN” and its video) with hyperactive, wide eyed opportunism. It’s a miracle that under these circumstances “GREEN” sounds like anything other than a mangled sugar rush. But the two vocalists, in tuning their chemistry, have learned some restraint; perhaps a little too much.
“GREEN”, whilst a fun song, lands at a weird place in the discographies of its performers. It lacks the calamitous, filthy, and knotted corruption of blockbusters like “Nitemare 3” and “Pressure”, but doesn’t really call back to either of the pair’s more melodic origins. There are still standout moments; it’s genuinely rare to find a dull moment with these two. David gleefully warps around bars such as “No you can’t eat with me, don’t get a fork, don’t fuck with pigs, don’t fuck with pork”, Jack all but ditches the trademark glitching on his verse. These are the song’s best aspects, but they put other choices into question. When lines like “She say that she love it” slide around and break apart, is there any reason behind it? Again looking at “Nitemare 3”, glitches and disruptions on the hook, and massive dropouts in David’s verse, serve to bolster an untrustworthy, haunted atmosphere. On “GREEN” these accents are interesting and still recognisably theirs, but are arbitrary in the face of the duo’s past works. It’s difficult to accuse the co-authors of “minecraft sex party” of abiding by convention, but why obscure melodies as strong as these?
Looking at the bigger picture, “GREEN” will probably not be the magnum opus of anyone involved. There’s a career yet to be had for Yungster Jack and David Shawty, but their longevity will likely depend on whether they can keep on adapting. This glitch-pop phase is relatively new to both of them, but both have discographies of various styles, so history is on their side. On the sun-drenched career path these two are following, “GREEN” is a warning of crossroads ahead.
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– Jamie (@youngjade1216)