The Hazey Janes – ‘The Fathom Line’ (Armellodie Records)

The Hazey Janes – ‘The Fathom Line’ (Armellodie Records)

They may well now be ten years into a recording career that has already spawned three full-length albums and a couple of EPs, but the brand new single from Dundee’s The Hazey Janes sounds as fresh as a mountain stream. A most sincere and respectful tribute to their home town, ‘The Fathom Line’ takes the listener on a journey back through time to the northern bank of the Tay and in two hundred and fifty eight euphoric seconds captures perfectly the grit and determination of the Jute City amidst its more recent heritage.

As their name might suggest, The Hazey Janes are also a band steeped in history. Unlike the song that presumably gave them their name, though, theirs is not a sound born of the darker introspection of Nick Drake but one that owes more to the breezier sides of The Box Tops, The Byrds, c. Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, and Big Star. If you are looking for a more modern coordinate then it may be that of their fellow countrymen and kindred purveyors of harmony-drenched guitar pop, Teenage Fanclub.

No matter who or what are The Hazey Janes’ frames of reference, with this lead single from their fourth album, Language of Faint Theory (due out in June 2014) they have produced an inspired and most exhilarating of records. It can be pre-ordered HERE

Rating: ★★★★★

‘The Fathom Line’ is released digitally on Sunday 30th March 2014 through Armellodie Records.

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