Not to be confused with the recently deceased opera singer Betty Jones, alt-pop songstress Jetty Bones is the nom de guerre of Kelc Galluzzo, a girl from the small town of Urbana, Ohio, with a distinctively outsize talent.
Her 2017 EP Old Women dealt with the human struggle to develop meaningful/real connections in these hyper-digitally connected times. And now her new single “Taking Up Space” (out today via Rise Records) confronts a growing psychological phenomenon known as Impostor Syndrome, which especially effects women (and even more so women of color). Psychology Today describes it as, “a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.” In a recent interview with BlackBook, UK singer Gracey talked about finding a support system to help overcome it.
But as Jetty Bones, Galluzzo lyrically tries to sort through the crushing feeling of never seeming good enough for anyone else (“I can feel the metal grinding / With inconsistency / I never know if I am in the way”)—in this case coming from someone with a remarkable musical ability to seemingly find solace in. Indeed, the new track is a shimmering slice of folk-tinged modern pop, with her visceral vocal performance set against a lush, but melancholy sonic backdrop. It’s produced by John Fields, who has worked with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus.
The accompanying Lindsey Byrnes and Dani Okon directed video cuts back and forth between images of JB wandering alone down an isolated road, and carrying on with the lonely drudgery of ironing clothes in the middle of a field somewhere. When the sunlight hits her just right, you might just think it’s Kirsten Dunst.
“I have a hard time figuring out if people actually want me around,” she confesses, “even when they’ve paid for a ticket to see me. It follows me around to my friendships, career choices, connections and relationships. What would happen if I wasn’t even there, you know? There’s always someone ready to fill the spot anyway.”