V96 ex-member of I Heart Hiroshima - Mel goes solo.
"Jane Woody â€“ which is actually the solo outfit name for Mel Ralph, former drummer and singer in Kicks and then I Heart Hiroshima â€“ doesnâ€™t write long tracks. But they are pretty amazing. Track one, Coblers Pegs â€“ which is missing an apostropheâ€”grrrrr! â€“ goes for only 47 seconds. But in that time we are treated to something fun, a bit Murmurs and a great introduction to the girly, light yet gritty rocky tunes that follow.
â€˜Hello, are you there? / I had to explain the reasons why I care / Iâ€™ve compiled a list if you can just give me a minute / I may be able to rescue this.â€™ Havenâ€™t we been there? The title of this gem is Youâ€™ve Fucked It Now Entirely. Fab.
Itâ€™s very electronica for a drummer.
Ode To Depeche Mode is a great example. I donâ€™t know if I like the lyrics (which are all really ideas-based and true to life) or the micro sounds better. Itâ€™s not a mind blowing album, but itâ€™s painfully and brilliantly familiar, cosy and cute yet impressive. I think Miranda July would like this CD.
I have a friend who does crazy things like sneak seeds into peopleâ€™s gardens. â€˜Why do I have a pumpkin growing in my roses?â€™ sort of style. She also dresses as a pirate sometimes. For the hell of it. I think Jane Woody goes well with her style. But you donâ€™t have to be that kooky to be into it.
I love this CD. I love that sheâ€™s an Aussie, I love the music, the words, the smartness of it. I even love the cover art. And while I wish that the songs went for a little bit longer, Iâ€™m glad they donâ€™t. It wouldnâ€™t be the same."