The Jezabels latest EP, She’s So Hard is only five songs long, but don’t be fooled – there is nothing petite about it. I heard whispers of how great this group is live in the wake of their gigs last year. The good thing about this collection is you really gauge a sense of the live aura, especially if you turn up the dial. It’s loud, indie-pop-rock at its best.
‘Hurt Me’ is just as it sounds, it’s a fierce ballad of heartbreak. The music itself is fast-paced, the kind of energy in a song you seek on those long car trips. It catapults a huge drum solo from the get go, along with some interesting piano melodies and the vocals of Hayley Mary are howling. Her voice is somewhere in between Sarah Blasko and Fiona Apple.
‘Easy To Love’ propels a similar energy, but feels more hopeful. Hayley sings as though she is feeling the emotion the lyrics carry. That is the only way to emphasize her style. Rapid melodies from both pianist Heather Shannon and drummer Nik Kaloper drive this song. Guitarist Sam Lockwood achieves a brilliant chameleon blend which textures their overall sound.
‘The Man Is Dead’ sits at a more angry level than the other tracks. It is much more like a rock-metal composition, which pauses on some fantastic piano solos. This is the guts of the EP, and seems to really project a solid message: do not mess with this girl.
I would say this EP is a winner, as it immediately ignites the listener’s attention to a world of roller coaster emotion and energy. It makes you want to hit the repeat button, and daydream out the window.