ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Spacey Jane's 'Sunlight' Is Exactly What You Need Today

12 June 2020 | 2:09 pm | The Music Team

There's a tonne of new music released every Friday and wading through it to find your next favourite album is an almost impossible task. 'The Music' team get it and we're here to help, bringing you our Album Of The Week each Friday. Here's why Spacey Jane's album 'Sunlight' gets our pick.

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We've been big fans of Spacey Jane for a while. 

Last year we got treated to an exclusive acoustic performance from them at BIGSOUND and were forever inducted as the #1 member of the Spacey Jane Fan Club (okay, it might not be real but in our heart's it is).

Today sees the release of their long-awaited debut album, Sunlight; an album that feels simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. 

Find out more about it below.

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Vocalist and guitarist Caleb Harper has shared a very honest look at the relationships that helped shape Sunlight in an exclusive piece with The Music today. Read part of it below.

"I was never very good at creative writing in school. I always preferred to write analytically.  My mum, like any good English teacher, encouraged me to critique what I saw and experienced to try to understand the effect it was having on me. 

"When it comes to songwriting, my approach is fundamentally the same. I don’t know how to invent a story of love and heartbreak or create worlds that people can explore within a song, so I talk about what I’m going through and how I feel about it.

"Sunlight was written over a period of 18 months starting in mid-2018. A whole relationship began and ended in that time and the effect of that hugely impacted my life. 

"None of us had ever tried to write an album before and, truthfully, there wasn’t much of an idea of how it would come together until we played it through after the tracks were mixed. Being able to sit down over a period of months or years felt like a luxury for artists, with lots of time and a good budget; not something we had for a debut record. 

"Between work, study, a demanding touring schedule and a line-up change, we took what time we could to get into the studio and had to hope that something good could come out of it. Songs were written out of necessity because of this. I was working 50+ hour weeks when we weren’t touring or recording, so leading up to studio sessions, I would sit down for three or four days and force myself to write as much as possible. In that sort of environment, spanning over a year, it’s difficult to consolidate themes and intentionally write a cohesive record. Fortunately, with the way life was going, I didn’t have to try.

"I’m not an expert, so I could be really wrong, but I think relationships are probably the most important part of how we form identity, how we find a place in the world, how we shape and improve our ourselves, etc. The foundation of life or something? The ebbs and flows, beginnings and ends of relationships of any kind influence people’s emotional health and actions so drastically. One of the most overwhelmingly beautiful feelings in life is falling in love, while losing someone you care about is very, very shit."

Read the full piece from Harper here.

Spacey Jane's Sunlight is out now, listen to it here.