“I sent you a picture of a cat, to cheer you up” sings Jade McInally, front-person of Melbourne three-piece jade imagine. But don’t let this playful opening line fool you; new single ‘Big Old House’ is tempered by melancholic guitar and vocals, which add a little darkness to the light. A captivatingly gloomy slice of shoegaze-inspired guitar pop, it begs you to shimmy – or sob – along.
‘Big Old House’ feels way too accomplished to be from a band’s debut album. But then, jade imagine are no ordinary newbies. McInally has been an indie stalwart for over a decade, and the band – which features producer/guitarist Tim Harvey and drummer James Harvey – has been associated with Courtney Barnett’s Milk! Records since their debut EP a couple of years ago.
Fresh from a tour with fellow emerging Australian artist, Julia Jacklin, and with their forthcoming first album coming later this year, I’ll be surprised if jade imagine aren’t all over the radio very soon.
‘Big Old House’ is out now on Milk! Records/Marathon Artists.