“No Country,” from the Jezabels’ upcoming second album The Brink, takes the unique perspective of looking at the trials and tribulations of young men through the eyes of a feminist. Although the indie- rock band formed in Australia and have toured alongside Imagine Dragons, Depeche Mode and Garbage, for the recording of The Brink, they relocated to London and focused on pushing their music into more serious areas.
“I guess there’s a certain age you reach when you start noticing more and more how crazy things are when you turn on the news, and you see young, healthy men killing each other in various contexts,” vocalist Hayley Mary tells Rolling Stone. “If there’s one thing feminism has taught me, it’s how hard life can be for young and able men. You go through life thinking that they are the powerful ones, but it just seems to me that a lot of young men don’t feel like they belong, either. It makes you wonder – who does feel like they belong? I guess that’s what ‘No Country’ is sort of about.”
On “No Country ” Mary’s voice is powerful but delicate, showing shades of Fiona Apple, Feist and Bjork. Supporting Mary are ambient tones that open at a whisper and build in intensity until they are a wall of sound. Mary’s passionate vocals and the rushing music intertwine at the song’s apex, before they both fall back down to a hush, underscoring the song’s tragic message.
The Brink is out February 18th.