The Jezabels – ‘Prisoner’

Clean-cut fuzz-pop

The debut album from this Australian bunch is the end result of a year of touring – and it shows. They’re tight in the way that only the threat of bottling can foster. Though it’s hard to classify, clean-cut fuzz-pop is the order of the day, while ballad ‘Long Highway’, instrumental track ‘Austerlitz’ and the strings of ‘Deep Wide Ocean’ give things a noirish turn.

Definite highlight is ‘City Girl’ – think Cyndi Lauper, two gins in and morose, duetting with Sophie B Hawkins (of ‘Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover’ fame). It could slip into an ’80s movie soundtrack, but lead singer Hayley Mary’s vocals carry the track out of pastiche and into reality.

Ailbhe Malone