Jetty Bones’ new EP, Old Women, is a refreshing blend of influences that work together to create a sound that listeners will be happy to have stuck in their heads.
Full-band solo projects seem to have the power to create truly visionary releases, and this EP is definitely among those. A group of friends have helped Kelc Galluzzo bring her songs to life, and make her dream become a sonic reality. The about section on Jetty Bones’ Facebook page says it best, “Doing what makes me happy in hopes that it can help you feel good, and thus better enable you to keep doing what makes you happy. Then we all feel good.” With every play of Old Women, fans are sure to be feeling not only good, but empowered.
Before even taking a close listen to the lyrics, the bright, uplifting tones in Jetty Bones’ music shine through in the instrumentals. It would be hard and quite purposeless to try to stick Jetty Bones into a particular genre classification. Each song has elements of indie-rock with pop-style choruses, occasional guitar twinkles associated with math-rock (and Tiny Moving Parts), and even stripped back singer/songwriter-esque parts like the end of “Clear Honey” that show Jetty Bones’ roots. Much like Paramore’s After Laughter these songs will have listeners wanting to break out dancing regardless of where they are, especially during “No Lover.” That track is filled with infectious rhythms and cleverly patterned melodies that make it the standout song on the EP. A wave of happiness washes over and will leave listeners gleaming.
The lyrical content on Old Women covers topics in a way that doesn’t happen as often as it needs to in the music scene as a whole. Galluzzo tackles mental health, relationships, and self-progression from an optimistic and encouraging perspective. “Clear Honey” opens the EP discussing happiness and realizing one never wants to go back to being in a dark place in life. The track acknowledges that hard times will still come even when things are better, ‘I need to find a way to make this forever / I need to find a way to fight this bad weather.’ This leads into “Innocent Party” which reflects on Galluzzo’s journey in growth, recovery and the hard work it took to becoming a better version of herself. The EP goes on to bittersweetly reflect on ended friendships, and find a new viewpoint on independence.
“Spokes” closes Old Women and ties together the concept of working towards one’s goals and how long and treacherous the process can be, but how important it is to, ‘Keep your hopes high and your chin up.’ Galluzzo is joined by guest vocalist Dylan Mattheisen of Tiny Moving Parts providing a dynamic and passionate way to close the EP. Jetty Bones doesn’t hold anything back at the end of “Spokes,” and it feels like a weight being lifted both from Galluzzo and from the listener. Tension builds as each instrument has it’s time to shine after having been carefully intertwined throughout the rest of the EP, and then the band goes all out for a heartfelt, emotion-filled ending.
Similarly to the lyrics, my hopes are very high for the future of this band and the places that this EP will take Kelc Galluzzo and her friends.