The sophomore album from Carlyn Bezic (aka Jane Inc), 2022's Faster Than I Can Take finds the Toronto native further expanding her arty, '80s-style funk and synth pop. Where 2021's Number One had an elastic, disco-influenced sound, Faster Than I Can Take is more opaque, rife with thumping electro beats and chilly keyboards. Remaining consistent is Bezic's stylish, yearning vocal, which falls somewhere between Kate Bush and Debbie Harry. There's something both earnest and idiosyncratic about Jane Inc's work on Faster Than I Can Take, a kind of lost-in-time feeling akin to left-of-center productions by artists like Shuggie Otis and cult '80s Canadian crooner Lewis. Cuts like the opening "Contortionists," "2120," and "Dance with You" are hooky dance club anthems that straddle the line between early-'80s Prince and the work of new wave bands like Animotion. There's also a low-key industrial influence a la Nine Inch Nails coursing through tracks like "Human Being" and the shimmering, slow-burn atmosphere of "Every Rip." While synthy dance music is at the core of Bezic's sound, she doesn't shy away from other genres, including folk, Brazilian, and singer/songwriter styles. There's also a nice blend of organic and electronic instruments, as on "Picture of the Future," where she contrasts her robotic, video game beat with a breezy, bossa nova-sounding acoustic riff. Similarly, on "Pummeled Into Sand," she accents her richly harmonized vocals with a fuzzy, laser-toned electric guitar solo, a combination that brings to mind '70s Queen. With Faster Than I Can Take, Jane Inc continues to bring her auteurist electro dreams to life.
Faster Than I Can Take Review
by Matt Collar