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New Music Revue: Jane’s Party amaze with Casual Island

February 6, 2019 by Matthew Thomson, contributing writer

Jane’s Party
Casual Island

The simple lyrics and amazing instrumental prowess found on Casual Island, the fourth album from Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane’s Party, make it the best thing since The Beach Boys and their 1966 album Pet Sounds.

Casual Island takes us on an audio trip, starting with a slow, melodic beat on “Wait for You,” and delivering the upbeat and appealing “Satellite.” They give us a short 30-second break with “Epilogue,” which is completely random and out of place, and then they jump right back in with the title track, which is a masterpiece. 

Lots of modern artists use the same simple beats and lyrics in their music; Jane’s Party, on the other hand, are a nice, refreshing change from that. Their songs are original and catchy; just the other day I found myself humming the tune to this album’s “Right Down the Line.”

Every artist tries to put a little bit of themselves in their music; given how much I enjoyed the sounds here, I wouldn’t mind one bit meeting the members of Jane’s Party.

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