SINGLE REVIEW: Jess Day – Signals

Refreshing her sonic with a synth glaze, Jess Day has exploded into 2020 with the anthemic driven ‘Signals’. 

Prior to this release, the Adelaide singer-songwriter has shown listeners a grittier side to her artistry with her guitar driven indie-pop through singles ‘Affection’ and ‘Rabbit Hole’. But now she is getting even more experimental with her sound and has channeled the likes of Jack River in delivering a song that is destined to be added to heavy rotation on triple j. 

Instead of tackling the song in the usual negative tout of a toxic relationship, she has instead explored the conflicting nature of resenting someone and also missing them at the same time. At the end of the day, there was a spark that ignited their attraction to each other, so sometimes the romanticism is still there even after a dark battle of toxicity. 

“Never gonna get you off my mind, I tried for so long. Everybody tells me time heals all wounds, but my bones are aching from the fall I took for you” she honestly sings during the opening moments of the chorus before admitting “You’ve got my signals crossed”. 

While her guitar roots are still deeply cemented in the track, there is a fresh layer of synth-pop added to the growing aesthetic. It’s so smooth and gives it that slick polish that helps it become immediately catchy. 

In comparison to her previous releases ‘Signals’ is cohesively strong and implements an impressive growth. It’s a song that will perform well on triple j and will continue to open doors for Jess Day while she grows her artistry. 

Signals

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