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The Time Between Us
Release Date: 24/02/2017
Catalogue No.: CD-SH-171
Record Label: Sargent House
Format: CD

The Time Between Us is the title of a new 6-song split EP between Sargent House alum Emma Ruth Rundle (Red Sparowes, Marriages) and the label_x001A_s newest addition, Louisville_x001A_s Jaye Jayle (featuring Evan Patterson of Young Widows). The EP boasts three previously unreleased tracks from each artist. On the heels of her recently released and widely recognized third album, Marked for Death, Emma Ruth Rundle unveils a follow-up dose of brooding, melancholic rock draped in shimmering guitar and the breathy familiarity of her unmistakable voice. Opening track _x001A_The Distance_x001A_ incorporates the lonely tones and dusty landscapes which are by now a trademark of the ERR sound, its lulling swells of reverb punctuated by sparkles of lyrical intensity. _x001A_To Fold in England (Hours)_x001A_, meanwhile, invokes a stoic kind of restraint, all muted keys and aching strings, a subtle backdrop for Rundle_x001A_s delicate fretwork, soon extinguished under the density of her nuanced, layered vocals. The side closes with the original acoustic version of _x001A_Hand of God_x001A_, a standout track from Marked for Death. Stripped of studio embellishments, Rundle_x001A_s haunting voice, accompanied simply by the thrum of her acoustic guitar, takes center stage. A fleeting glint of vulnerability, _x001A_Hand of God_x001A_ exhibits the raw, cathartic nature of Rundle_x001A_s art, reduced to its essence. Though possessing a distinct Southern filter, Jaye Jayle_x001A_s stripped-back noir in fact owes more to Krautrock than the blues, while Evan Patterson_x001A_s baritone croon brings to mind Angels of Light-era Michael Gira. Jaye Jayle unsurprisingly count Spacemen 3, Neu!, and Lungfish among their varied influences, while arriving at a sound wholly unusual in the American underground. The swampy thump of opener _x001A_About Time You Came to Me_x001A_ is a prime example of what the band describes as its _x001A_exercises in tension and restraint_x001A_, a slide guitar serenade wallowing in a vaporous sea of otherworldly keyboard sounds and floor tom wallop. The slow-boil grumble of second track _x001A_Unnecessarily_x001A_ finds Patterson channeling his inner Iggy Pop over a rhythm made menacing by its sheer unwillingness to break form. _x001A_Hope Faith County_x001A_, by comparison, seems as if transmitted from a dream. A timeless meander draped in icy violins, the song concludes Jaye Jayle_x001A_s side with Patterson_x001A_s reverb-laden voice nonchalantly positing the unexpected query, _x001A_Space girl, have you finally found me_x001A_? Considering the singular, peculiar nature of the group_x001A_s sound, it seems like a reasonable question.

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Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle

The Time Between Us

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