Rogue + Jaye is the new venture launched by Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue and Courtney Jaye, another West Coast/Nashville collaboration (and another facilitated by the artists’ publishing company) that has borne fruit, this of the bittersweet Americana variety. Jaye, of course, is the L.A.-via-Nashville singer-songwriter who has released five solo albums and has a number of memorable collaborations on her resumé, including with Butch Walker, Gary Louris, Matthew Sweet Rhett Miller and Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses. The latter appeared on Jaye’s cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Sometimes Always” in 2010.
The Rogue + Jaye full-length, “Pent Up” (out last week) was made in Band of Horses’ Fleetwood Shack studios in Nashville with Logan Matheny and Bill Reynolds (who has produced music by Lissie and who just departed Band of Horses). Speaking of Fleetwood, there’s a Mac-ness to the single “Golden Lady,” while elsewhere on “Pent Up” there’s are folky feel-good of 1970s radio, a touch of the tropical and the atmospheric sheen framed by a certain West Coast sheen. Rogue says of the collaboration: “We have this easy spirit with each other where I like hearing her sing, and I feel very comfortable proposing ideas.” As for Jaye, both the collaboration and her new home have left her vigorated. “My decision to move back to Los Angeles after living in Nashville for nine years was because I needed a change,” she says. “I think both places will always feel like a home to me and will forever occupy equal space in my heart and equal influence over my music and sound. I’ve never been a traditional pop, Americana or country artist, and living out west right now represents for me the freedom to be untethered to one particular musical sound, scene, or genre.”
||| Stream: “Golden Lady”
||| Also: Stream the full album