Truth be told, we’re a little surprised that thus far the ladies of Jagaara, Jane, Ruth and Cat, have not had more ‘2015 Preview’ love across the internet. Their music so far, which consists of a couple of videos, an unmastered demo here and there that are no longer online, has tended to provoke a near universal reaction of ‘swoon’.
There are nods to soft rock power pop moments of the past; the vocals on “Faultline” do get very Pat Benatar for example (which we totally love) and the trio specialise in soft harmonies and gorgeous, intricate melodies that melt like frost in the winter sun.
Their songs are full of emotion and pain, entwined with first delicate then powerfully distressed arrangements. They make music that is not only evocative and often heart-wrenching, “Marble Arch” was wrought with a fist pounding frustration that stirs emotions within and had a suitably belt-it-out-when–you-think-no-one-is-around chorus, but it can also feel soothing and becalming. It is soft, heartfelt, lovely and quite sublime.
We were lucky enough to see them play live at Latitude this year and they were utterly bewitching. The crowd was enraptured and you got a real sense that these three young ladies would soon be much better known. We certainly think so, and with some tracks having been taken off soundcloud in recent months, it feels like there is a clearing of the decks in readiness for something new occurring. Perhaps there will be an EP or even an album in 2015? Our fingers are crossed and if there is, there’ll be a whole lot more swooning going on.