King Jane is a Brooklyn based group founded in 2017 and is comprised of three songwriters and a percussionist. That's not typical unless you’re The Beatles. I don’t know who wrote what on their EP Deep in the Garden but the group consists of Michael Sanders, Kenny Florence, Sean Atkinson and Lex Nordlinger.
The EP is concise and I’ll say right off the bat I really enjoyed all the songs. You might think with multiple songwriters there would be different styles but no, not really. It sounds cohesive and the band builds a foundation here. Funny enough I was reminded of The Beatles.
The EP starts with “Gypsy Girl” which is a tight two-and-a-half-minute song and the most single worthy one. It starts with a sort of psychedelic melody. Once the vocal hits you are lifted to a ’60s vibe which reminded me of The Beach Boys, The Beatles and a little of The Shins. It’s really well done and the delivery is just about perfect. The vocal harmonies are quite good which add additional nuance and depth. More than that, however, is just how catchy this song is. I also liked the fact that when the guitar solo happened the bass was supporting it. Suffice it to say I was very drawn in.
Up next is “Sympathetic” which is another fantastic song. There is musicianship across the board. The vibe here is super smooth in a ’70s type of way. It starts off mellow and does build with some energy. The vocals are again really well done with memorable hooks. There is some ’50s sounding background vocals which hit the mark.
“Verdin” doesn't disappoint either. The song is smooth but in a different way. Some of the guitar work here reminded me of Radiohead at first but it does change stylistically. The jazzy, dream section is sublime and the transitions in the rocking part is seamless. Last up is “All The Way” which definitely reminded me more of The Shins. It’s a little more straight power pop. There is also that ’70s rock flavor as well.
It’s a little hard to pinpoint why these songs sounded so good to me. I think some of it has to deal with the production and details but more so the band just seems to be really aligned aesthetically and they happen to have great taste. This is an exceptional EP. Highly recommended.
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