Melbourne musician Jaala first saw the words “Junior Spirit” embroidered on a pair of overalls. The jeans were too big but she wore them anyway. Jaala said the words struck a chord: a kinder way to say ‘young soul’, or inexperienced person still learning the ropes.
The phrase hints at an energy and fresh perspective that feels very apt when talking about Jaala’s own music. “I don’t want to stay the same, I don’t want to stay the same, ever” are the first words of the first song of the new album. There’s a compulsive creativity here that’s reflected in the music. Songs shift and surprise, moving in unison with stories of growth, love, and loss. Jazz, punk and rock remain strong references for the controlled chaos on offer, harnessed with skill and balance to produce an album that shakes with new possibilities.
Joonya Spirit is out April 20 via Bedroom Suck/ Remote Control.