Pre-gaming for shoegaze with electropop [single reviews]
J A N E – “Fly”: Years ago when TU was in its infancy we reviewed an EP by a certain Jane Marczewski from Lynchburg, VA. After a move to Nashville, marriage, and a musical hiatus, she has emerged from her cocoon as J A N E, with a triumphant single called “Fly” which may be prophetic. The song seems to serve as a mission statement for this new era of her life, which has one of the biggest hooks I’ve heard so far this year – no joke. This song was stuck in my head for a large part of my recent trip to south Florida, and fit the warm weather and my resulting mood perfectly.
STOLAR – “Paralyzed”: Does anyone remember an artist called Lo-Fang? That’s the first guy that came to mind when those soulful vocals of STOLAR kicked in. The vocals themselves are undeniably soul, while the instrumentals bump, bubble, and march along to a beat taken out of Lorde’s handbook. We’re on the receiving end of an appropriate dash of aggression with some gnarly riffage in the bridge to tie it all together.
Biyo – “Focus”: Wanna hear something really interesting? Like, really really interesting? Take a listen to “Focus.” I’m actually kind of speechless. I don’t know enough about production to adequately describe this song, but that would be futile anyway because the average person probably knows even less than I do. Suffice to say that “Focus” is a juxtaposition of cohesiveness and chaos, though it isn’t REALLY chaos – just a lot going on. If Twenty One Pilots is schizoid pop, this is schizoid electropop. I’ll bet these guys have a heckuva light show.