Melbourne outfit Sweet Jean will release their new album Monday to Friday on Friday 13 May. Co-written by Sime Nugent & Alice Keath, the album ranges from expansive, vintage synth-driven songs about space exploration to jangly, straight-shooting narratives of everyday life.
Monday to Friday is a collection of 10 elegant songs that build on Sweet Jean’s reputation for evocative songwriting and razor-sharp harmonies, balancing deft lyricism and poetic references with crisp pop gems and candid observations.
The pair demoed the songs in their home studio and then worked closely with producer, friend and band mate John Castle (Vance Joy, Washington, The Bamboos) at The Shed Studios, swapping instruments, eating ramen, and nutting out arrangements.
Sweet Jean’s debut album Dear Departure was released in July 2013 to widespread acclaim and landed Album of the Week status at PBS FM, ABC RN and ABC DIG, Album of the Month at Rhythms Magazine and was nominated for an Age Music Victoria Awards.
Dear Departure also received airplay in the US & Europe and Sweet Jean have toured extensively in Australia and overseas with performances in Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Canada. The duo has also appeared on Rockwiz, and shared the stage with some of their favourite local and international musicians. The pair has also been working individually on projects in theatre, design, and radio, with Alice appearing on Paul Kelly’s Seven Sonnets & A Song mini-album, and Sime set to release a new album with two time ARIA nominated group The Wilson Pickers later this year.
On writing the album Monday to Friday, the duo explains “in the past we’ve written about other people in other times and places, and for this album we wanted to stay in the here and now and write about some of the significant and insignificant things that are rolling around us. For our first album we worked on happy/sad. This time we wanted to bring big/small to the table.”
Sweet Jean’s new single ‘Everything Changes’ has the smokey nocturnal sound of standing on the side of the road at closing time and all the what ifs and what nows that come with that.