Junior Spirit’ is the first single from Jaala’s sophomore album brought out into the world via NPR Songs We Love.
As writer Laura Snapes describes “[..]in the songs of the Melbourne, Australia, band Jaala, different realities are allowed to coexist, the push-and-pull as evident in frontwoman and songwriter Cosima Jaala’s textured voice as in the group’s erratic style. On “Junior Spirit,” an early taste of Jaala’s in-progress second album, she attempts and fails to leave someone. “
[..] elasticity is Jaala’s trademark, forged on the band’s excellent 2015 debut Hard Hold. Sometimes Cosima sounds like a punk Joanna Newsom, other times Amy Winehouse at her most butter-wouldn’t-melt, both sides tied together with the splattered spirit of Life Without Buildings’ Sue Tompkins. The band, comprising bassist Jules Pascoe, guitarist Nic Lam and drummer Maria Moles, is equally versatile: “Junior Spirit” melts in with a guitar sound that can often connote psychedelic emptiness, but here oozes fondness for what’s been lost. The calm waters soon turn choppy, thrashing to a proggy lumber that betrays all Cosima’s indignation.”
In an email to NPR lead singer Cosi explains the origins of the song
” I first saw the words Junior Spirit embroidered on a pair of overalls, they were way to big for me but I wore them that day anyway. The two words really struck a chord, I felt like they were a kinder way to say inexperienced tiny person OR young soul that’s a little bit shit at life but still cute and lovable. The Junior Spirit is the part of us that remains innocent, even when old in years and especially when wearing overalls that are too big.”
Jaala’s debut album ‘Hard Hold’ released in late 2015, ran out of the gate and to the top of most critics ‘Best Of’ lists including a nod for AMP Album Of The Year, feature record on JJJ, Album Of The Week on RRR, FBi, RTR and SYN FM and clocking rave reviews on Pitchfork, FADER and NPR abroad.
Junior Spirit was produced by Dan Luscombe (The Drones) and engineer and mixed by Jono Steer.
*****Junior Spirit Single Launch Tour*****
Wednesday Oct 26th – Newtown Social Club
Friday Oct 28th – Gasometer Hotel