Singer Liz Janes readies new album with airy, understated single, 'I Don't Believe'

She describes herself as a “one-trick pony” when it comes to songwriting (and everything else), which might help explain why Liz Janes has made a habit of teaming up with a diverse array of collaborators.

Sufjan Stevens produced her 2002 debut, “Done Gone Fire.” She joined forces with Los Angeles free-jazz group Create(!) on a 2005 collection of public domain songs. Now the DC-born, Olympia, Wa.,-educated, San Diego-residing Janes has enlisted Asthmatic Kitty label mate Rafter Roberts for her third full-length, “Say Goodbye.”

He brings what her label calls a “space-pop” sensibility to Janes’ songs, and it’s evident on the free single, “I Don’t Believe.” It’s airy and spacious, with glimmering guitar enveloping her low-key, quietly expressive vocals while a bright trumpet line cuts lazily through the dusky atmosphere.

It’s just a taste, but it’ll have to tide you over until “Say Goodbye” comes out Dec. 7.

I Don’t Believe mp3 (courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty)

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