Heavy Machinery Records is proud to present 'Gap Tooth' the sensational new album from Melbourne art prog innovators Jaala.
Known for their off-kilter art rock, Melbourne three-piece Jaala is fronted by the enigmatic Cosima Jaala, who delivers bold and plaintive vocals with jaggedly syncopated guitar lines, alongside textural and elastic rhythms prodigiously executed by drummer Maria Moles and otherworldly synth palettes generated by electronic artist Fia Fiell.
Gap Tooth, the band’s first album in its current three-piece formation, is a departure from their previous output, trading the raw urgency of the earlier records for a melting and celestial surreality.
Gap Tooth is Jaala in slow-motion, from the tender assurances of opener All Here into the sweet dysphoric disdain of Fuck To The Radio - syrup-haze guitar and synth coil into the songs like uncanny ivy. Beating-heart, warm low-end waves of Workhorse mushroom into cloudy, soft-focus lulls and playfully misanthropic sun-flares as the album wades toward the soulful swagger of Which Way. Gap Tooth pulses and flashes languorously before resolving into the giant, blooming crescendo of I Love You (DJ Set) and its delicate, fugue-clarity afterglow, Catterpil.
This incredible achievement flows with unpredictable dream-logic, never settling on discernible pop hooks or traditional verse/chorus song structures. Merging experimental folk, dream pop, a disposition for the baroque, and self-professed ‘slag-country’, the album finds humour and hope in the disorientation of time passing and leaving youth behind.
released November 5, 2021
Drums — Maria Moles
Synths, Piano, Violin —Carolyn Schofield
Guitar, Vocals — Cosima Jaala
Bass Guitar (2, 4, 5) — Asha Trips
Angelic Vocals ( 8 ) — Hannah Macklin
All songs written by Jaala
Produced by Nick Herrera and Jaala
Engineered and mixed by Nick Herrera at The Grove Studios
Mastered by David Walker at Stepford Audio Melbourne
Piano on Which Way and Funny Shapes recorded by Rohan Goldsmith
Additional Guitar production on Workhorse by Angus Leslie
Additional vocal production on Workhorse and Been Bad by Matthew Kelly
Vocals auto-recorded in Old Boy Doug Boys garden studio, Matts studio and Fallback Studios
Photos by Wilk
Drawings by Cosi
Cyanotype by Cosi & Wilk
Series curated and produced by Miles Brown
Project coordination by Annalee Koernig
Design production by Luke Fraser at Grin Creative
All tracks © Jaala 2021