TOPS’ lead singer Jane Penny announces debut solo EP with “Messages”

“Messages” is taken from Jane Penny‘s upcoming debut EP, Surfacing, out April 5 via Luminelle Recordings.

Lead singer of Montreal indie royalty TOPS, Jane Penny is launching her solo career with Surfacing, scheduled for this Spring on Luminelle. Penny started to write, produce and record the EP in both Berlin and Montreal, following TOPS’ European tour in March 2020.

“There are things I wanted to explore sonically and creatively, which would be impossible in the context of TOPS,” explained Penny. “I wanted to challenge myself to create a whole world of my own, to write all of the parts, program the drums, choose every sample, write the bass line. When I took control over the entire world of music that I was creating I felt that it also opened up a lot of emotional space, sensuality and intuition that comes through solitude. It took a while to reach a point where I feel it’s ready to share, but now the gates are open and I’ll definitely be continuing on this path.”

To introduce the project, Penny shared the first single “Messages.” Talking about the track, she said, “It’s a pop song about getting notifications from everyone except the one person you want to hear from, which was happening to me at the time. The opening sample — ‘there is a message for you’ is a strange message that the credit card machines in Montreal cabs make.”

Watch the video, directed by OTIUM and inspired by Maya Deren’s 1943 film Meshes Of The Afternoon, below.

Surfacing EP artwork by Jane Penny

Jane Penny – Surfacing EP artwork