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.
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.
released June 29, 2018
Recorded by Warren Christopher Gray at Earth Analog May 2017 and Graywater Recording June 2017.
Mixed and Produced by Dean Hurley at Asymmetrical Studio July through November 2017
Mastered by Carl Saff 2018.
Cover photography by Emma Ruth Rundle.
Evan Patterson – vocal/guitar/synthesizer
Todd Cook – bass
Neal Argabright – drums/cymbals
Corey Smith – synthesizer/percussion/guitar/vocal
Emma Ruth Rundle – vocals/guitar (tracks 2,5,6,7,8)
Drew Miller – saxophone (tracks 4 and 8)
Victoria Fisher – vocal (tracks 5 and 8)
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Brooding and churning. Glorious vulnerability. Emma Ruth Rundle envelops us with tidal warmth while simultaneously chilling bone. Hard and soft. Duality. She weds her voice with her scars, and this amity warrants repose and reflection. I am glad to have come across this artist. migrationbell