|Jaye Jayle||No Trail and Other Unholy Paths|
Jaye Jayle — No Trail and Other Unholy Paths (June 29, 2018)Δ★★Δ OCT 19, Klub 00, Prague, Czech Republic. Těšíme se. Ale hopa! Jaký scénář způsobuje, že musíte být tak naléhavě ženatí? [Marry Us] Proč píseň o manželství zní jako soundtrack k vaší smrti? Nemohu odpovědět na každou otázku o tom, z jaké dementní části vesmíru pocházejí tyto stopy. Mohu však s nadšením říct, že toto album je nutné poslouchat. Je to jedno soudržné dílo, které trvale proniká do stejné části vašeho ducha, dokud nebudete prosit o milosrdenství nebo v závislosti na tom, do čeho jste ponořeni, prosit o další. Zdá se, že na začátku je ve švech dezorientace, ale krejčová brzy od Singerky vstává a podává vám dokonale ušitý smysl alba — jiný duch, který pronásleduje No Trail ... je jako vítaná ruka pozdního Martina Hannetta, což je charakteristicky průvodní vliv, který poskytuje všechny extra~spektrální barvy v obsahu alba.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Album release: June 29, 2018
Record Label: Sargent House
1. No Trail (Path One) 3:24
2. No Trail (Path Two) 5:45
3. Ode to Betsy 4:06
4. Accepting 6:52
5. As Soon As Night 5:52
6. Cemetery Rain 4:41
7. Marry Us 4:53
8. Low Again Street 7:54
Δ★★Δ Evan Patterson — vocal/guitar/synthesizer
Δ★★Δ Todd Cook — bass
Δ★★Δ Neal Argabright — drums/cymbals
Δ★★Δ Corey Smith — synthesizer/percussion/guitar/vocal
Δ★★Δ Emma Ruth Rundle — vocals/guitar (tracks 2,5,6,7,8)
Δ★★Δ Drew Miller — saxophone (tracks 4 and 8)
Δ★★Δ Victoria Fisher — vocal (tracks 5 and 8)
Δ★ Recorded by Warren Christopher Gray at Earth Analog May 2017 and Graywater Recording June 2017.
Δ★ Mixed and Produced by Dean Hurley at Asymmetrical Studio July through November 2017
Δ★ Mastered by Carl Saff 2018.
Δ★ Cover photography by Emma Ruth Rundle.
Jake Hellman, July 2, 2018
★Δ★ Rarely does the word perfect come out of my mouth when describing an album, however I can’t seem to help myself this time. Racking my brain for adjectives to describe No Trail and Other Unholy Paths has continuously led me to the same one; this is a perfect album. Sure the idea of perfection is pretty ridiculous in reality, it doesn’t really exist. So in this sense, it’s all about perspective. This is coming from someone who craves music full of tension, anxiety, unsettling noises, and haunting lyrics. Jaye Jayle is making a career out of checking off all of those boxes.
★Δ★ No Trail is a lesson in how getting mild can be exciting. Sometimes it’s important to restrain yourself and allow for moments to sink in. Starting with the instrumental “No Trail: Path One,” Jayle is letting us no that this album will be doing just that. In fact, when this album is listened to in it’s entirety, it feels like one long moment. “No Trail: Path One” begins with two repeating staccato keyboard melodies that, while they separately feel like happy parts, clash in just the right way to creep you out. That creep factor is magnified once the off~putting cello comes in. This is just the instrumental intro, but it immediately makes you aware of what you are in for.
★Δ★ The three singles released from this album “Ode To Betsy,” “As Soon As Night,” and “Cemetery Rain” are certainly highlights here. All three give us scary vibes from another realm to accompany brooding bass lines from the pits of hell. Specific attention has to be give to the bass tone on “Ode To Betsy,” where the bass entering the song makes the hair on your arms stand up. Throughout the album this tone lingers as a monstrous entity while the riffs being played over the top are absolutely hypnotic.
★Δ★ Vocally, the album is the best of Evan Patterson’s career. It feels like he took some chances on tracks like “Cemetery Rain” where he sings in a higher register. “Marry Us” is another vocal standout where Emma Ruth Rundle joins Patterson for a rushed wedding that, judging by the music alone, has to end bad. The desperation in their voice alone is enough to make you sleep with the lights on. What scenario makes you need to be married in such an urgent fashion? Why does a song about getting married sound like the soundtrack to your death?
★Δ★ I can’t answer every question about what demented part of the universe these tracks come from. I can however, excitedly tell you that this album is a must listen. In many ways, “No Trail and Other Unholy Paths” is what an album is supposed to be. It’s one cohesive piece of art that consistently rips at the same part of your soul until you’re begging for mercy, or depending on what you’re into, begging for more.
Δ★ Guitarist/vocalist Evan Patterson originally formed Jaye Jayle as a minimalist, solo antidote to his main band, the bone~crushing Louisville post~hardcore act Young Widows. Now a quartet augmented by bass, drums, and keyboards, Patterson’s group currently hews closer to the shades~tightly~drawn cinematic stylings of Nick Cave and Mark Lanegan.
Δ★ Produced by David Lynch’s long~time music supervisor, Dean Hurley, Jaye Jayle’s latest full~length, No Trail and Other Unholy Paths, starts with an instrumental aperitif: “No Trail (Path One)” is driven by overlapping piano (and, later, keyboard) ostinatos that tumble together as if in a clothes dryer. Up next is the hypnotic, dirge~like “No Trail (Path Two).” This song introduces Patterson’s baritone, as stark as spilled black ink pooling on paper, before Emma Ruth Rundle joins in to add even more shade to the vocal fray. “What took you so long?” she whispers, in a tone that’s both conspiratorial and frightened.
Δ★ The rest of No Trail And Other Unholy Paths follows the same blueprint of mesmerizing unease. Minor~key guitars add macabre heft to insistent rhythmic pulses, shirred keyboard grooves, and scattered instrumental atmosphere. The clattering backdrop of “Ode to Betsy” echoes that of Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”; “Low Again Street” is bookended by foggy, diffracted saxophone; and “As Soon As Night” boasts recurring whirring sounds that resemble a power drill.
Δ★ The album’s emotional and musical highlight, however, is the tension~filled “Marry Us.” Another example of fine vocal interplay between Patterson and Rundle, who are a couple in real life, it’s a searing psychedelic sprawl with well~placed percussion (i.e., raindrop~like beats, devious tambourine shakes) and lyrics smoldering with desire. “Marry us / We don’t need anyone / We don’t need family / Just marry us, now,” Patterson demands. The desperation in his voice increases as he urges that the deed be done “quickly, quickly, quickly, quickly” — words spoken just as loud, crashing guitars surge, as if they’re placing a firm exclamation mark on his exhortation. As this song underscores, No Trail And Other Unholy Paths is a bold step forward for Jaye Jayle, an album that sears the heart without even trying.
by Si Forster | June 19, 2018 | https://www.echoesanddust.com/2018/06/jaye-jayle-no-trail-and-other-unholy-paths/
Δ★ Beginning as a flurry of 7” singles housed in bare~bones dust jackets, Jaye Jayle has evolved into a captivating persona alterna for the Louisville~based singer~guitarist Evan Patterson. Imbuing negative space with hallucinatory mantras, Patterson has embraced his strengths as a storyteller while trekking into thickets of unmarked sonic terrain. With his cohorts Todd Cook on bass, Neal Argabright on drums, and Corey Smith on auxiliary instrumentation, Jaye Jayle unfurls a tapestry of neo~folk economy, krautrock~esque repetition, skid row’s darkest blues, Midwestern indie rock’s nihilism, and Tangerine Dream’s analog oscillations.
Δ★ Produced by Dean Hurley, David Lynch’s music supervisor of the last twelve years, No Trail And Other Unholy Paths has transcended the album format, elevating itself to a choose~your~own~adventure experience. Patterson notes that the album bears no specific beginning or ending — Side A and Side B are meant to be interchangeable. The album could open with the fluttering instrumental “No Trail,” or the slow burning synths of “As Soon As The Night,” even the spectral push~pull of “Marry Us,” featuring Emma Ruth Rundle’s spellbinding vocals. Regardless of track sequencing, No Trail And Other Unholy Paths is an album that drives its aural dimensions to the absolute threshold — and then some.
Jaye Jayle Bio (2018)
Δ★ Jaye Jayle’s earliest recordings consisted of four 7” singles packaged in the bare~bones dust jackets of early country 45s and etched with the stark Americana~noir of Louisville~based singer/guitarist Evan Patterson. The material was a significant departure from Patterson’s primary musical endeavor at the time — the percussive Sturm und Drang power trio Young Widows — but it fell in line with his ongoing creative arc of embracing of negative space, acknowledging that less is more, realizing that a whisper can speak louder than a yell.
Δ★ On their new album No Trails and Other Unholy Paths, Jaye Jayle’s transportive desolation and hallucinatory sonic mantras are fully documented in all their glory. With his cohorts Todd Cook (Shipping News, The For Carnation) on bass, Neal Argabright (Phantom Family Halo, Freakwater) on drums, and Corey Smith (Phantom Family Halo) on auxiliary instrumentation, Patterson weaves a tapestry of neo~folk’s economy, krautrock’s experiments in repetition, skid row’s darkest blues, Midwestern indie rock’s nihilism, and early Tangerine Dream’s analog oscillations. The album seethes with tension and anticipation, with a heightened push~and~pull on tracks like “Marry Us” and the second song titled “No Trail” when songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle adds call~and~response vocals to the mix. It’s been a considerable journey from those raw and intimate early 7”s, an evolution undoubtedly affected by the relentless touring schedule that transformed Jaye Jayle from a solo project to an immersive collaboration.
Δ★ “The album has a lyrical theme in motion and direction, searching and questioning, and discovery,” Patterson explains. “A certainty in placement and uncertainty in destination. Primal consideration for surroundings, which may be or may not have been the surroundings sought after. The grayness of life’s paths. The where~have~I~been, where~am~I~now, and where~will~I~be.” It’s a wanderer’s approach that yielded an unlikely romance and expatriate dreams between Patterson and Rundle during a European tour together in support of their split 12” The Time Between Us. It’s an approach also taken to the studio, where the band worked with film composer Dean Hurley — David Lynch’s music supervisor of the last twelve years — to serve as producer. The songs were recorded at Earth Analog by Warren Christopher Gray and handed off to Hurley to manipulate at his will. The result is an album that retains its frugal approach but pushes its aural dimensions to their thresholds.
•… Management — Sargent House
•… Cathy Pellow — Manager
•… Nick Javier — Day to Day
•… Label — Sargent House
•… Marc Jetton — Label
North American Press:
•… Stephanie Marlow — Publicist
UK / EUROPE Press — Rarely Unable:
•… Publicist: Lauren Barley
N. American Booking — Riverwood Booking:
•… Agent: Adam Pfleider
•… European Booking — Odyssey Booking
•… Agent: Vincent Royers
|Jaye Jayle||No Trail and Other Unholy Paths|