When the pandemic first hit, seemingly endless time was dropped in Carlyn Bezic’s lap. Coupled with new and pre-existing worries, I began to feel like this gift of time was going out of phase. As this unease manifested, her second album as Jane Inc. came to fruition.
“It’s an album that deals a lot with anxiety and time that feels like it’s refracting and expanding,” Bezic told Complex Canada. “I feel like time is going very fast or very slow, I try to predict the future, I feel like I’m being haunted by things from the past.”
This notion is exactly how it opens Faster than I can takeout April 22. “The laws of time have changed / Months slip away into minutes, hours feel like days,” she sings softly on lead track “Contortionists” before it finally dissolves into a shimmering disco number.
Bezic’s influences are immensely eclectic, citing funky guitar lines and the glitzy synths of ’80s pop. At times, she even alludes to her love of jazz-rock icons Steely Dan. A multi-instrumentalist, she says her sound differs depending on what medium she starts writing a given song with, whether it’s guitar, bass, or just “fuck on Ableton.”
“I like that it’s almost a collage, like a bunch of different sounds from a bunch of different eras colliding with each other,” she says of her music. “It’s interesting to me, and that’s kind of how I listen to music anyway.”
Although Jane Inc. fully regained consciousness during the pandemic, Bezic was involved in Torontoin the music scene for years. She is a touring member of US Girls, a project that has slipped into the sum of her efforts. She, alongside fellow American touring bandmate Amanda Crist, form local duo Ice Cream, while the pair lend their chops to rock outfit Darlene Shrugg along with other members of the project. This universe also spills over into Jane Inc., with yet another touring US Girls, Dorothea Paas, lending backing vocals.
While starring in other projects, Bezic slowly worked on his Jane Inc. material. It ultimately amounted to his aptly named 2021 debut, Number one. As the live music industry shut down, she was able to focus solely on Jane Inc., and Faster than I can take came much faster to her. That said, although she already has two albums under her belt, she’s only performed Jane Inc. live twice.
“It makes it harder to understand songs that way,” she says. “I’m trying to get more than one band together for my release show in May, but it’s hard when you don’t have a lot of time to play, because you kind of start to figure things out about the songs. when you’re playing them for other people.
This fateful third show in May is the 6 to The garrisonand Bezic still wonders how much Jane Inc. is just an upgraded version of herself and what motivates her to perform her own music, regardless of her anxieties.
“I think it’s because of a deep desire to be seen…. I think sometimes performance is like a way of being seen where you are completely in charge of the settings, and that way it becomes safer. So sometimes putting on a character is like a safer way to be vulnerable.
This contemplation between performance and self is directly linked to Faster than I can takegeneral themes of time and anxiety. Unable to showcase Jane Inc. to its full extent until recently, Bezic wondered if the window to do so was closing.
“I was also very aware that maybe I was running out of time in the direction of my career or something…. So I [was] just very aware that I was getting older with each passing day, so it was kind of the experience of those two things happening at the same time. Feeling like, ‘OK, I can be in the moment. I can take a walk aimlessly and feel like there are no consequences because I have no deadlines and I have no work to go to. But at the same time, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, time is continually passing, and I’ll never get it back. And how am I going to use it? And what am I going to do?
Faster than I can take shows Bezic seamlessly navigating this twisted existence, pairing sweet, island moments with an exuberant dance groove. Throughout these ebbs and flows, she reassures us and reassures herself that “it takes time”. It’s a fundamental phrase repeated over a psychedelic guitar riff on the “Pummeled Into Sand” album, reminding us that the best is yet to come.
With a stunning new album and the opportunity to fully form her stage persona on the horizon, another assurance emerges: this is just the beginning of Jane Inc., even if the weather really does warp.