The lyrics and music of Melbourne art punkers Jaala have always felt particularly real, evoked by a genuine sense of soul-pinching anxiety and heartache, but their new single “Junior Spirit” finds new ways to communicate the feeling of a love that may or may not have taken its course. “I know you don’t wanna whisper my name in the arms of another/ My love is a prison that lifts you up by your hair,” bandleader Cosima Jaala sings on the track’s opening lines. “Junior Spirit” is full of such poignant, emotionally woke verses, made all the more sincere by the weight of her incredibly powerful voice. It’s worthy of a swoon at a whisper, searing at a bellow, invigorating at its most savage, shriek-like highs. Listen.
Jaala recruited studio wizards Dan Luscombe (who previously produced for Courtney Barnett) and Jono Steer to achieve that new sense of depth on “Junior Spirit.” It’s the first track off their second forthcoming full-length, which will drop early next year via Wondercore Island.
Watch visuals from Jaala’s Hard Hold below.