ALBUM REVIEW: Spacey Jane – Sunlight

Spacey Jane have quickly become one of Australia’s most talked about rising bands. With sold out shows across the country, as well as huge festival inclusions, the Perth four piece have firmly cemented their place in the touring circuit and are continually receiving rave reviews. 

With two EP’s under their belt, alongside a string of triple j approved singles, Spacey Jane have finally unveiled their debut album.

A cohesive listen from start to finish, ‘Sunlight’ takes listeners on a journey into lead singer Caleb Harper’s inner monologue as he navigates falling in love, heartbreak, family relationships, mental health issues, and the general ups and downs of life in your early twenties. 

It’s a record with a lot of heart and soul that coincide with some big festival ready riffs and singalong’s that will help continually grow their evolving live set. 

Opening with recent singles ‘Good For You’, ‘Head Cold’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Good Grief’, they immediately position listeners on-side with them thanks to those big anthemic singalong’s that have helped win over quite a big fanbase.

‘Wasted On Me’ kicks off the unreleased portion of the album, and what a song to get started with. Contrasting a grunge-rock layering to the production with some ultra-vulnerable lyrics, Harper opens up about admitting fault to failed relationships. 

With the lyric “you must feel like you wasted your life on me. I know, I feel the same” hitting you right in the heart, you will love and appreciate the way that they have layered the emotions with the raw grunge energy. 

‘Booster Seat’ is another early highlight that explores vulnerability deeper with a more spacious and chilled out production. Using the metaphor of a kid in a booster seat with their feet dangling above the car floor to represent losing control of yourself in love through anxiety, there’s a whole lot of emotions involved. You hear Spacey Jane in a completely different light, and that’s why it’s such an engaging and memorable listen. 

From there ‘Weightless’, ‘Trucks’, ‘Straightfaced’ and ‘Hanging’ bring back the indie-rock vibes while ‘Love Me Like I Haven’t Changed’ delivers another vulnerable highlight that embodies the sentiment of learning to love yourself. 

From start to finish ‘Sunlight’ is a very cohesive listen that combines punchy hooks, experimental structures and a contrast of vulnerable storylines. It feels like a time capsule moment for the band and a great beginning for what is going to be a very exciting journey to watch.