A few months ago, the wonderful randomness of the not-so-mysterious ways of the internet, aka algorithms, led me to discover the New York trio Jane Doe Ensemble (sensational name, by the way) and their first full album that now plays on our virtual record player, The corruption of waht cheer?my favorite new album from last week.
The band has existed since 2016, and after two singles (from 2018 and 2020) came the damn pandemic, and during the two years of hell we’ve been living in, they began to gestate the album, which saw the light of day in August 2022.
I could do as is customary out there and translate the entire process of creating it, but that would be an insult to your intelligence dear readers and a disrespect to Wren Krisztin, Efrem Czajkowski, Aaron Batley, the Janes and Doe responsible for The corruption of waht cheer?. In addition, on the other hand, the point is to listen to the album and feel the energy that the three have imprinted on each of its 11 tracks.
The ride here is dissonant, crooked, and takes us straight to what no wave did to the post-punk of bands like the seminal Television, grinding literature/poetry and vocal harmonies together with the noise coming from guitars (and in the case of JDE, also synthesizers). Do you know the Sonic Youth school? Well, here we have three students very applied to the teachings of Kim, Thurston, Lee and Steve.
Without further ado, turn up the volume, press play and hold the trip!