The Jezabels return with their third studio LP, ‘Synthia’, after 18 months off the road, writing and recording with long time producer Lachlan Mitchell. Seven years since those first EPs, ‘The Man is Dead’, ‘She’s So Hard’ and ‘Dark Storm’ began their slow burn from Sydney to the world; four years since ‘Prisoner’ scooped the Australian Music Prize and set stages ablaze from their breakthrough performance at Splendour in the Grass to Lollapalooza, and almost two years since ‘The Brink’ and the spectacular global onslaught that followed.
‘Synthia’ plays like a widescreen heroine's journey in 10 parts — or maybe 11, if you count the swooning opening dream sequence of Stand And Deliver, with its spoken word invocation of Shirley Temple via Edie Sedgwick. The far bookend is Stamina, another seven-minute drama that rises from liquid guitar ripples to an ecstatic, crashing crescendo of drums and determination.
The pendulum swings from ether calm to operatic epiphany within the space of any given song. The electronic glitch and thrash of My Love Is My Disease balances the symphonic undulations of A Message From My Mothers Passed. The sinuous groove and sigh of Smile and the sensuous swing and electro burbles of Pleasure Drive find the band forging breathtaking new scaffolds of rhythm and melody for stories that have never been more timely. Expectations are high. Fans will not be disappointed