When Kassie Carlson isn’t lending her unparalled voice and energy to local punk circus Guerilla Toss, she jumps in front of a different backdrop and becomes Jane La Onda. Carlson describes Jane La Onda as a “cool keyboard side project,” which is a good starting point, because it’s indeed cool and has keyboards — manic, swirly keyboards. Plus it has Carlson’s sing-song delivery (also manic and swirly), and her unmistakable voice, which is sweet and raw-edged, like licking frosting off a knife.
New track “Je tu pluermai le bec” adds another dimension to the Jane La Onda aesthetic thanks to some fishy visual content. As chords bloom over tinny drums, Carlson chops an “Alouette”-inspired challenge into syllables. Two heads converse seriously, in washed-out color, in the back of a tank. The tank’s inhabitant soon enters the picture, floating imperiously up and down — as the backdrop flickers and changes, the fish remains giant and stoic. No torn-out yearbook picture or spinning woman can perturb him. Even the smallest things become menacing in shadowy close-up.