The low-fidelity “Such A Drag” doesn’t so much build linearly as it churns circularly, repetitively, looping around itself while different warbling synths and VSTi’s work their way in and out of the mix. Its tension comes not from dynamic development but from juxtaposition - the interactions between the pure and the corroded, the beautiful and the ugly, the clean and the grimy. Sighing, layered vocals and distorted, fuzzy drums, ominous, bassy horn synths and more bright, treble-centered motifs all given allocated space in the production through wide panning. It’s a mood setter, a moment capturer, not a story but a few lines excerpted, an aesthetic more than a fully-fleshed narrative. It’s this style of approach that Belgium recording artist Hazey Jane excels at, and Being in Mint Condition, the 2013 album in which “Such A Drag” is featured, presents itself as a collection of these sonic snapshots. His newest record, the A/B single release Advice, was released in June of last year.
Hazey Jane's music can be found at hazey-jane.bandcamp.com