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Live Review: Ivy-Jane Browne welcomes you to her world with ‘After Dark and Before Morning’

19 November 2019 | 9:27 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

Produced solely by Jerome Blazé, the pairs eclectic vision manifests concisely in the form of synth inspired, industrial pop

Ivy-Jane Browne is a name in Aussie electronic music you might need to start getting your tongue around. The inner west Sydney native turned to Melbourne (yes, we lost another one) to seek inspiration for a new pair of tracks after a turbulent 2018. Following closely from her debut EP Midsummer in May, comes her latest project, After Dark and Before Morning. Produced solely by long term collaborator, producer and musician Jerome Blazé, the pair's eclectic vision manifests concisely in the form of synth-inspired, industrial pop.

'After Dark' begins abruptly. Hinting elements of glitzy pop combine tightly with atmospheric, metallic electronica. Browne’s vocal builds with confidence as the synths around her brew stronger. Somehow the instrumentals raspiness moulds perfectly with Browne’s sensitive vocal, creating an utterly unique sonic experience.

Then hits ‘Before Morning’. The more personal of the pair of tracks, Browne combines a sparkly pop top line, with the more primitive aspects of human connection and intimacy. A dark story of abandonment echoes repeatedly, amongst a sea of whispery vocal chops. This ones a heart string puller, a story most will probably be able to relate to.

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With an intermediary EP as concise, precise and stellar as this, its hard to see Ivy-Jane Browne’s trajectory go anywhere but up. While very on trend, Browne’s ability to portray personality is a defining feature of her music, which hopefully sees her to the top of the alt-pop foodchain.

She comments on this balance between production and her own voice, saying:

“I love making music that combines the human world and the polished-pop world, maintaining some level of naturalism in the somewhat clinical, overproduced pop industry. That blend of real and manufactured made perfect sense with the duality of After Dark and Before Morning.”