By Mike Davies
Another local artists to have risen from the ashes of Pledge Music’s collapse, JAYNE POWELL releases her new album, One Day Sometime this month, the title track leading things off with slow chugging percussive backing to a bluesy folk-inflected, gradually building ballad before things get rockier and musically raspier with the staccato percussive drive of Bad Days, giving way to another march beat big building ballad in Any Help.
Wilderness is a bluesier measured lope with bass guitar throbs in contrast to the following pared back acoustic and guitar chime of the vocally vulnerable Take A Look. It’s back to the blues for the sensual Hard Way with its rhythmic Latin-tinged sway, changing tack again with the growly, distorted psychrock prowling Stay The Same where PJ Harvey echoes add to the somewhat ominous mood.
Shades of the Velvets colour the narcotic riff of the sleepy-lidded sung Vapour Trails, a particular album stand out, before things close up with, first the propulsive driving, rocking country tinges of Don’t Wanna (Go It Alone) and the six minute Zep-riffage closer Never Hear, its heavy sludge giving way mid-section to an acoustic bridge before returning to a weltering feedback finale.
A gifted songwriter with a striking voice and an ear for complex yet nuanced melodies, she’s been under the radar too long, hopefully this will bring her the wider attention she truly deserves.