Western Australia’s own indie rockers Spacey Jane have arrived with their anticipated debut album Sunlight. Formed in 2016 in Fremantle, this four-piece band started out playing in garages and have developed their style, with a mix of pop and garage rock. Current members Caleb Harper (vocals), Kieran Lama (drums), Ashton Hardman Le Cornu (guitar) and Peppa Lane (bass) have put their heart into this electric creation, with tracks like Head Cold, Good Grief and most recently, Straightfaced already regulars featuring on Triple J.
With light-hearted and fun bursts of surfer rock vibes, this album sounds like Summer and is much needed during this time of the year. A sense of nostalgia and Australian pop-rock vibes hit from the first and arguably the catchiest track, Good For You. A chilled Australian influence is felt strongly throughout the entire album, reflecting the fact that the group recorded the album throughout WA within a year.
Exploring familial and romantic relationships, mental health issues and growing up, this record sounds instrumentally fun while simultaneously addressing hard-hitting trials we all face. This makes tracks like Skin and Love Me Like I Haven’t Changed even more relatable to fans and people getting to know the band members behind Spacey Jane. With relaxing percussion sounds and loops, Skin explores the idea of being open with others and the qualms of what happens if we shut ourselves away from the world.
Wasted On Me is an emotionally engaging song about the emotional turmoil that comes from a break-up. It has strong undertones and sonic styles popular of the 1990’s, and could almost be an extra song for a soundtrack to indie-grunge 90’s films like Reality Bites!
With a slower, contemplative and dreamy guitar riff, Booster Seat exudes an extreme sentimental atmosphere of youth and the powerlessness you can sometimes feel when you’re in love.
Sunlight, the title track is about how fragile love can be. This track makes for easy listening, thanks to Lane’s wistful bass lines highlighted by the bands’ vocals, slower drum beats and guitar riffs. Spacey Jane’s first ever album Sunlight, is out now and is worth a listen to while you’re relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.
Album Review By Zara Zampaglione