Premiere: Jane in Palma – Modern Tackle

Jane in Palma is the moniker of Californian artist Julian Smith; an outlet for his explorations into live and sequenced productions and the use of experimental recording processes.

Having previously operated under the alias Don Froth, he released music for the likes of WNCL Recordings, Phonica White and UNO! NYC between 2010 and 2016. He turned his attention to his Jane in Palma project in 2018 with his first album, Primitive Thoughts, seeing him interpret the surroundings of his recording locations – two empty caves on the island of Mallorca – and the feelings of isolation that these places engendered.

He now follows this up with his sophomore release, Safety Net, an 18-track LP that advocates human sustainability through consciousness rather than relying on our digital crutches and serves as a reminder that “the facts don’t matter if the source is crooked”. With the majority of the tracks coming in under three minutes, his unique approach to improvisation is on display, while sonically the album touches on elements of garage rock, post-punk and surf rock.

Safety Net is out now – grab your copy.

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