Indie Zone Review : The Jezabels – “Prisoner” (2012)


Label : Pias/Self

Review by Luisa Mercier

The Jezabels come from Austrialia and their self-released was quite a plesant surprise for me. I have to admit that indie rock, indie music in general is not among my favourite music of choice when I have some spare time. But when I put “Prisoner” in my player I was blown away by its dark, mysterious, yet captivating intro realized through an organon. I really thought I had picked the wrong CD. Rock, keyboards and overall an epic, gloomy mood that I really love. The first single is “Endless Summer” and it is overall much more positive and fresh without losing the epic feeling well conveyed by the singer Hayley Mary – The influence of the ’80s, darkwave and U2 is crystal-clear, so the songs are not very original, but who says that you have to be different to be good? The production is perfect, the songwriting is carefully well-crafted and catchy; I always think of this like a perfect record to play while on a car trip along the beaches on the end of the day. Lately Oceania is offering me a lot of interesting releases both in rock and metal, maybe is the new horizon for some genres that are a lot abused here in Europe. Really recommended, I swear that we will hear a lot about them in the future.

Rating – 75/100



  1. Prisoner
  2. Endless Summer
  3. Long Highway
  4. Try Colour
  5. Rosebud
  6. City Girl
  7. Nobody Nowhere
  8. Horsehead
  9. Austerlitz
  10. Deep Wide Ocean
  11. Piece of Mind
  12. Reprise
  13. Catch Me


Line Up

  • Hayley Mary – Vocals
  • Samuel Lockwood – Guitar
  • Nik Kaloper – Drums
  • Heather Shannon – Keys



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