Jaye Jayle: Guntime

True to his restless spirit as a creator, Jaye Jayle's Evan Patterson follows an entirely unconventional path for the creation of his new album, Prisyn, expected August 7th, 2020 through Sargent House. The album was primarily recorded on an iPhone and features the contribution of the prolific Ben Chisholm (White Horse, Revelator, Chelsea Wolfe) as collaborator and producer.

It all started after a request from couture designer Ashley Rose, proposing that Patterson, Chelsea Wolfe and Chisholm would create a soundtrack for one of her fashion shows which led to the first exchange of ideas and the album's groundwork to begin forming.

"I sent a track to Ben and he sent it back the next day with additional instrumentation, sounds, and effects," Patterson recalls. "It was wild. He suggested we make a whole record that way. I printed out all these poems, stories, and journal entries I’d made on my phone over the course of the year and went into the studio with my friend Warren (Christopher Gray). We’d find things that rhythmically worked, and that’s how all the lyrics and singing happened. It was all gut instinct, improvisational. The vocal approach isn’t meant to be full of hooks and melody.  The music is framed almost as a film score for my life. Instead of David Attenborough or William S. Burroughs as a narrator, I used this opportunity to narrate visuals from my reality."

Apart from its autobiographical character, the new album is also an excellent example of an artist's will to prevail over any kind of confines, something that takes even more profound meaning in challenging times like these.

"These songs have a totally different energy, and that’s the exciting thing about making art," Patterson comments in relation to the nonconformity of Prisyn, and its dissimilarity to Jaye Jayle's previous offerings. "Things have to progress. I don’t want to draw the same picture for the rest of my life. Maybe that keeps you from being a master at it, but being a master isn’t the key to art. It’s having that constant expression, the constant outlet, the constant change."

First single, Guntime, draws inspiration from the strange time when a car full of teenagers pointed an Uzi at the Jaye Jayle tour van while it was driving into Paris. There's not much with which it can be compared, yet, it can call to mind some nuanced Americana and gothic folk greats, and it comes with a cinematic clip directed by Patterson himself.


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