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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 15 november 2011 | Play It Again Sam

Sydney D.I.Y. quartet the Jezabels may have described their sound as "intensindie" in a joking fashion, but it's hard to think of a more appropriate word to summarize their debut album, Prisoner. Produced by Lachlan Mitchell, its 14 tracks are swamped with layer upon layer of pounding organs, reverb-laden guitar hooks, and clattering rhythms, which when combined with frontwoman Hayley Mary's octave-gliding tones, can occasionally leave you reaching for the aspirin. Taken in small doses, there's much to admire here, from the gothic opening title track, which daringly interrupts its cinematic post-rock sound with a surprising bubbling synth breakdown, to the claustrophobic Wall of Sound that is "Nobody Nowhere," to the galloping the National-esque alt-rock of "Trycolour." Mary's voice is a stunning instrument all in itself, effortlessly swooping from somber PJ Harvey-style femme fatale to magical Kate Bush-influenced banshee, often in the space between a verse and a chorus. But the album is more captivating when it provides some much needed light to counterbalance its overpowering shade. "Endless Summer" is a sun-drenched slice of Yeah Yeah Yeahs-ish new wave pop proving that the band isn't averse to the odd infectious radio-friendly melody, "Peace of Mind" is a gorgeous slice of ethereal dream pop underpinned by subtle piano chords and lush ambient electronica, while "Horsehead" opens with some warm synths and Fleetwood Mac-inspired soft rock harmonies before it eventually succumbs to a more thunderous explosion of noise. It's unfortunate that the Jezabels seem hesitant to pursue this more stripped-back and chilled-out direction, as while their prevalent more-is-more approach certainly reaps several grandiose rewards, it also creates a slight air of pomposity suggesting the bandmembers take themselves a little too seriously. Nevertheless, Prisoner remains one of the boldest statements of intent from a fledgling act this year, and while it will be a little too intense for some, it pinpoints the Jezabels as one of the bands to watch from Australia's thriving indie rock scene. © Jon O'Brien /TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 7 februari 2009 | Indepedent

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 11 september 2011 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 17 februari 2014 | Play It Again Sam

The Jezabels' sophomore full-length album, 2014's The Brink, finds the acclaimed Australian rock outfit fleshing out their dramatic synth rock sound with aid of expert producer Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Hurts). Once again showcasing the talents of vocalist Hayley Mary, guitarist Samuel Lockwood, keyboardist Heather Shannon, and drummer Nik Kaloper, the Jezabels have crafted a stunningly impressive work that grabs you with melodic hooks, earnest passion, and propulsive rhythms. In some ways, the Jezabels' sound hasn't changed all that much from 2011's Prisoner; Mary's resonant, moody voice still takes center stage, framed by her band's gargantuan, urgent rock arrangements. In fact, if Prisoner positioned them as a kind of female-fronted Killers, then The Brink takes the comparison further with the Jezabels balancing their '80s synth rock sound with a hint of Bruce Springsteen-esque heartland rock, much as the Killers did on Sam's Town. Just as Brandon Flowers' lyrics took an even more personal tone with Sam's Town (ruminating on his hometown of Las Vegas), so do Mary's lyrics seem to take on even more of a personal, intimate slant. Already a literate, thoughtful frontwoman, on The Brink Mary also reveals herself to be one with strong physical desires to match her strong sense of self. On the dynamic "Look of Love," she sings "You got me lit up with the look of love/I could take you, in a pickup truck/Like I'm joking, but I'm talking roughly the truth/My heart's sinkin' when I see those eyes/And I wonder, what it would be like/And I think of every frickin' chance that I blew." And later, "I'm gonna lick it like sugar, lord/Then I'll choke you, think I'm not that sort?/Well I could be; I could be so happy with you." Mary's revelatory, palpable desire and seemingly newfound strength permeate all of The Brink, leaving you with an impression of the Jezabels as a band that's (in spirit) one part singer/songwriter, one part stadium rock god, and, ultimately, all woman. As Mary sings on the title cut, "That's just a girl that I describe/She isn't real; she is no one/But from the grave, she could make a rock 'n' roller of you, son." © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 27 februari 2012 | Play It Again Sam

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 14 oktober 2013 | Play It Again Sam

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House - Verschenen op 4 januari 2019 | Here To Hell