Evan Patterson first made his name with Kentucky noise-rock-scarred post-hardcore outfit Young Widows. Today, he’s oriented his musical talents in a very different but no less dark trajectory, leading the goth-Americana group Jaye Jayle. Originally a solo project, the band now features Todd Cook (Shipping News, the For Carnation), Neal Argabright (Phantom Family Halo, Freakwater) and Corey Smith (Phantom Family Halo). They released the gripping album No Trails and Other Unholy Paths in 2018 — complete with a cameo by singer-songwriter Emma Ruth Rundle — and earlier this year, they dropped “Sorine,” a previously unreleased cut from the recording sessions for the LP, which features Rundle on guest vocals and Cheyenne Mize on strings. “It was a difficult choice to not include ‘Soline’ on our album,” Evan said at the time. “Alas, the uplifting and almost gospel nature of the song just didn’t meld with the dark foliage of the record.” Hear it below.
Considering his pedigree and range, we reached out to Patterson to find out what albums ruled his 2019. He had some great, eclectic picks, from the latest LPs from confrontational industrial duo HIDE and death-doom experimentalists Inter Arma to this year’s solo offering from former Sonic Youth cornerstone Kim Gordon. Read on for his full list.
Bill MacKay – Fountain Fire