Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Kelc Galluzzo, who goes by the stage name Jetty Bones, proves that talent is found in the most unlikely of places.
Based in the small town of Urbana, Ohio, Galluzzo has been releasing material since the late 2010s and is now set to unleash her debut LP, Push Back. Galluzzo describes the album experience, “I wanted to humanize myself as a person who really struggles with things, who absolutely does not have my shit together but is still trying really hard.”
The record begins with ‘Waking Up Crying’, which employs layered vocals to lift Galluzzo’s voice from the track. Lyrically it is relatable, repeating, “I would laugh, but I woke up crying,” which is no doubt something we’ve all felt over the last year. This ability to connect with audiences on that level isn’t always something songwriters possess — sometimes they seem to be far too out of touch — but Galluzzo certainly has it down to a science, and that’s apparent from our very first introduction.
The album moves into ‘Nothing’, a song with a strong 80s influence à la Kelly Marie and Tiffany. The use of synth beats and instrumentals perfectly with Galluzzo’s incredible range. It’s followed by the single ‘That’s All’, the video for which has already amassed over 100,000 views on YouTube.
In what seems like the other side of the coin to ‘Nothing’, ‘Everything’ is a sugary-sweet pop song that once again prioritizes Galluzzo’s vocals by using muted instrumentals that don’t distract from the real talent here. ‘Taking Up Space’ takes a turn downwards in terms of pace initially but picks back up again during the chorus. “What if I’m just taking up space,” once again strikes as being an approachable theme, and so it should come as no surprise that when the track was released separately, it was hailed by the LA Times as one of their “50 best songs of 2020”.
‘Ravine’ is a piano-led saga where Galluzzo’s vocals take a haunting turn, complemented by soft instrumental breaks that speak to her versatility. This marks past the record’s halfway point, and there has yet to be one instance where it slumps. Every track is solid, seamlessly following on from the previous to provide listeners with a completely different experience each time. ‘Waking Up Exhausted’ almost serves as an interlude, featuring a spoken section that segues into the remainder of the album.
Heart Attack Man’s Eric Egan features on ‘Bad Time’, a short duet and the only credited collaboration on the album. Melodically it sounds hopeful, but the lyrics are anything but — at least on Galluzzo’s side, as Egan does seem to come to her defense at first.
The “stomp-and-clap bluegrass romp” that is ‘Dolly’ kicks off the album’s final section with underlying darkness in its lyrics, but it’s the determined rock behind ‘Bad Trick’ that really steals the show. Once again, this is a testament to Galluzzo’s ability to adapt, with this record ultimately spanning a whole host of genres.
Push Back closes with ‘Bug Life’, originally penned by Galluzzo as a suicide note five years ago before a phone call interrupted her plans. The note features in the album artwork, without a doubt, evidence of the singer’s healing process. It’s the perfect final piece; albums do not always need to end with a bang, sometimes an emotional whimper will do the trick. Voicemails from both Galluzzo’s family and one from herself really drive the point home near the end, rounding off this incredible debut with an experience that will sit with you for some time.