(Press Release) Rogue + Jaye, the brand new musical partnership between Los Angeles via Nashville singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye and Zach Rogue, frontman of the acclaimed Bay Area indie-rock band Rogue Wave, are proud to announce the Friday, May 5 release of its debut album titled Pent Up. Pent Up was engineered by Logan Matheny at Bill Reynolds of Band of Horses’s Fleetwood Shack studio in Nashville, TN. On the album, Reynolds played bass, Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) played guitar, and Michael Libramento (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Natalie Prass) played drums. The record was mixed and mastered by Mikael Eldridge (aka “Count”) in San Francisco.
“We have this thing, and I don’t really know why, it’s just a comfort level,” says Zach Rogue of Rogue + Jaye, his newfound partnership with Courtney Jaye. “We have this easy spirit with each other where I like hearing her sing, and I feel very comfortable proposing ideas.” Rogue + Jaye’s easy chemistry and mutual respect shine on songs like “Forces of Decay” (listen via Rolling Stone), a gentle, loping folk ballad on which the duo’s voices entwine beautifully. “You helped me to decide,” they sing in harmony, their voices sliding into place like delicate puzzle pieces destined to form a larger image. “I came to you in the midnight.”
The album is full of moments like that — moments like the outsized, heart-wrenching climax of “Don’t Say,” or the thumping, defiant chorus of “Little Relief.” Moments that echo the iconic duets of country’s golden age as much as Rogue’s rock background and Jaye’s penchant for Tropicália influences.
The upcoming release of Pent Up symbolizes a fresh start, creatively, for Jaye, whose path has taken her to Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles and beyond. "My decision to move back to Los Angeles after living in Nashville for nine years was because I needed a change,” she continues. “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. And I feel this project is an extension of that."
Rogue + Jaye will be making numerous live appearances during 2017. Dates and details below with more to be announced soon.
25 - New York, NY - Rockwood 2
27 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
08 - Berkeley, CA - UC Botanical Gardens (Redwood Grove Concert Series)
13 - Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (supporting Jack Johnson)
Pent Up track listing:
01 . Over And Over
02. Golden Lady
03. Open Your Mind
04. Little Relief (via SoundCloud)
05. Forces Of Decay (via Rolling Stone)
06. Heartbeat Wildly
07. Don’t Say
08. Til It Fades
09. Spider And Fly