The Jezabels The Brink on LP + CD
The Brink is Australia’s The Jezabels second album and it was summoned from a dark place; despite the outstanding success of their masterful trio of debut EPs and then their first long player, Prisoner, which catapulted them from indie kudos to full blown mainstream success (No.2 album, the Australian Music Prize Best Album award and a staggering, 8 ARIA nominations). The two solid years of international touring (including 3 US tours) played a huge part in forming the abyss that welcomed the band when they pulled into their new base, London, at the end of that marathon cycle of gold, platinum, headline sold-out shows and festivals.
"We played between 180 and 200 shows last year and it was possibly a bit extreme," says The Jezabels frontwoman Hayley Mary. "But the low came from not performing. We basically had a year off and I realized how much I live to do shows. For me, writing is the self-deprecating, self-loathing stage. We all had our reasons for feeling low at various times, but I felt like I was on the brink of a lot of things on this album. Some of them good, some of them bad: youth and age, alternative and pop, giving up and pushing through. I guess hope is part of that. And also fear."
It is these feelings and this precipitous state that the band have distilled into The Brink. Produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat (Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Hurts), The Brink is an album of songs that manifest all of those emotions into vaulting ambition. It is an utterly fearless record of youthful optimism achieved through hard won experience, taut with gleaming hooks, indelible melodies, all hammered out by a tight-knit band through dark days in a strange new city.
From album opener and title track "The Brink" via the first single “The End” to the closing bars of the finale “All You Need,” The Jezabels second album is a thrilling affirmation. It is a death defying balance of optimism and maturity; richness and simplicity. It is a the journey of a band dealing with loss of innocence, mortality, politics, isolation and unity all spun with silken ‘pop’ threads, which Hayley sees as being given to them through a greater appreciation of simplicity.
“What this record represents is not reflecting what is, but what we want out of life,” she says. “I guess it depends on what you think is the role of music. Is it to reflect how you feel, and bring everyone and everything to that level? Or is it a kind of healing power, pushing you to this fabulous fantasy world where happiness can exist?”
The Jezabels The Brink Track Listing:
1. The Brink
2. Time To Dance
3. Look Of Love
4. Beat To Beat
5. Angels Of Fire
6. No Country
7. The End
8. Got Velvet
10. All You Need