The kind people at WESS 90.3 in East Stroudsburg, PA were kind enough to invite me to be interviewed during their Fall Fest programming, which happened to be right before my record release. Questions about the new release, musical influences, and more are answered right HERE! Whoa. https://soundcloud.com/mesajane/wess-903-interview-with-dj-jam
The new “Level” CD from Pennsylvania based Mesa Jane is an exceptional 10 Track release and is very multi-dimensional to say the least. It also however possesses an undeniable Alternative Rock-Pop core sound accessible by all listeners – even old school Singer/Songwriter, 80’s, 90’s Pop fans. Does all of this sound a bit over the top to you? Just listen to marquee tracks like “Haunt You” , “Lay Your Arms Down” and “Happen Again” and you will see my perspective. I got hooked on MJ right away after listening to the first few moments of brilliant Track 1 “Haunt You.” Melding a unique yet accessible blend of impressive ambience, melodic guitars, earthy overtones, beats, tasty groove-ridden bass lines and infectious vocals from Jane.
Jane’s sound is a testament to how she approaches music. Kudos goes out to the band, melodic guitars and amazing vocals from Jane. Again – the overall musical personality is also really a big part of their sound. It adds a sort of a Singer/Songwriter-Pop stigma to the rock sound. I hate to pigeonhole but if you like Sinead O’Conner, Tori Amos and Kate Bush – you will love Mesa Jane. Personally she reminds me of a modern day version of Beth Orton. While the main focus of this particular genre of music is generally the musical personality. That doesn’t mean that the vocals and lyrics fall too far behind. They never feel like an afterthought. Hence the vocal work and lyrical content from Jane really bring it all together.
Top Tracks: Haunt You, Lay Your Arms Down, I Can’t Feel, Coming Through
“Level” also manage to move between mellower sounds and more rocked out ones – all the while sounding undeniably progressive, electronic-based yet dark and melancholy-good. All in all it’s a powerful combination that puts an artist like Mesa Jane on the map for 2014. She should go a long way towards proving that good Singer/Songwriter Pop is still alive and well down in Pennsylvania.
By: Levi Jackson
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I Can’t wait to be part of this event this weekend in Charlotte, NC! I’m playing at the Chop Shop on 10/4/14 at 10:30pm along with some other great acts! Come on out and support local music and local businesses!
A few people recently suggested that I blog about the 5 week nationwide record store tour I did this Summer with my brood. Roughly 7000 miles total with a 4 month old baby, an almost 7 year old, and my husband. If I have to describe it in one word — it’s 50/50 toss-up between “insane” and “amazing”. It was insanely amazing! I have to decide how much detail I want to deliver in this blog. Hmmmm….Stay tuned
6/13/14 is special to me for a few reasons: It’s the only Friday the 13th of 2014, it’s a honey moon (the full moon in June when bee hives are full of honey) and….wait for it….I’m releasing my first single from the upcoming album!!!
I had so much fun in the PNW last Summer that we just had to come back again this year. The first PNW show is officially booked: 8/10/14 @ 5pm at the very wonderful Music Millennium!
I’m so honored to be playing my first time in Salt Lake City with the very talented and groovy Chris Schlarb, who has played with Sufjan Stevens among other greats! We’ll be at Diabolical Records on 8/6/14. Time TBA.
Just added two new dates to the For The Love Of It Record Store Tour. Absolute Records, Boulder CO on Friday 8/1/14 @ 5pm and Rock N’ Robin’s Records in Ft. Collins, CO on 8/2/14 @ 3pm! Can’t wait to be back in the Rockies!
Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo
ROCK ‘N’ ROBIN’S
Thanks to Val’s Halla Records for inviting me to play at their 42nd annual “Hallapalooza“. A weekend of live music to celebrate their store’s anniversary, and another stop on the “For The Love Of It Record Store Tour“. If you’re in the Chicago area, stop by on 6/27!! I go on at 3pm but the music is live all weekend!