Sloppy Jane on ‘Madison’ album, her gothic past and her astrology
Most artists record their albums in the studio. Some manage in their rooms. Sloppy Jane – the stage name of the musician from Los Angeles Haley dahl, once Phoebe Bridgers’ mate became the last signatory to Saddest Factory Records – recorded her ambitious new album, Madison, with a 21-member orchestra 200 feet underground in a large limestone cave in West Virginia called Lost World Caverns.
It’s a pretty amazing origin story for an equally amazing album, an 11-track orchestral-pop epic with an “Overture” and “Epilogue”, and filled with big cave-sized breaking songs (literally). It all came from an idea Dahl had while listening to old 50s pop music.
“[Those songs were] take the teenage emotions and those feelings of grief and use the production to bring them to that level of lyrical importance, âshe told NYLON in a recent Zoom. âAnd I wanted to do something that looked like the same, but I didn’t have access to an echo chamber. It got me to read about natural reverberation, and I thought about recording an album in a cave. And I immediately fell in love with this image.
The results of the three-year project are breathtaking, with long ghostly trails of reverberation emanating from her voice and a haunting candlelight aura throughout the entire project. If you need more conviction, Phoebe Bridgers once cosigned her: “I’m glad to live in a world where Haley Dahl wants to go to a cave to make a record just makes sense.” We are inclined to agree.
Read on as NYLON caught up with Dahl before Madisonof liberation and discussed astrology, ghosts, his Gothic past, and more.