Toronto-based alternative rockers, Jane’s Party, move between lounge act and feel-good rock with their latest single “Ships On An Ocean.”
With the verses, they seem to do their best impression of Arctic Monkey’s more recent sound as they bring a bluer, jazzier tint to this breakup tune to grand effect. The feeling of melancholy is lovely as they croon and gradually build into the more rocking choruses. Big, crashing cymbals and swirling guitars produces the feel of a stormy ocean, but never loses sight of the horizon. Eyes always focused forward.
Vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist, Jeff Giles writes that the song “was inspired by one of my best friends’ breakups with a long-time girlfriend. I’d gotten home after meeting him for coffee and pretty much wrote the song in one sitting. The whole “ships in the night” metaphor was the first thing that hooked me in. After that, describing that missed feeling throughout the verses came naturally and offered an opportunity to interpret it in through my own lens. Things like the vintage lightbulb in a swanky downtown bar, the expensive beer beginning to taste like a cheap one, and the drawn-out feeling of a movie character taking forever to die were all things I had on my mind at the time. How I managed to fit them into the structure of a song? That part’s still a mystery even to me.”
“Ships On An Ocean” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
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