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#CMPremiere – Jale’s “Emma (Komoda Mix)”

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Jale, along with other heralded acts like Sloan and Eric’s trip, was an integral part of the early-’90s Halifax scene that caught the attention of labels and industry influencers. The band is readying the release of its Brave New Waves session, first recorded in 1993, and we’re bringing you Kevin Komoda’s mix of “Emma” in this unique and exclusive #CMPremiere.

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Jale was formed in 1992 by Eve Hartling, Alyson MacLeod, Jennifer Pierce, and Laura Stein. Landing a record deal with Sub Pop Records, Jale released their debut LP, Dreamcake, in 1994, followed by a second album, So Wound, in 1996.

Jale’s style is a mix of power pop and grunge, and although the band wears its “Halifax sound” influences on its sleeves, the foursome transcend their hometown, particularly on the live-sounding Brave New Waves session. These recordings capture a young band still trying to find their voice, and showcase songs that would eventually end up on Dreamcake, but also rarer songs that only appeared on independent 7”s or promo releases, including “More or Less.”

The Jale Brave New Waves session was recorded in the Spring of 1993 and first mixed by Andrew Frank at DNA Studios in Old Montreal. A later mix, which ended up being CBC Radio’s air version, was done by Kevin Komoda in May 1993. The recording is taken from DAT copies of the original DNA master and was remastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering in Montreal.

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