Recorded on a farm in the wilds of Sussex, this debut offering from Australian-born Eliza Jaye offers a delicious slice of a bluesy, rustic pie – perfect to celebrate the end of summer, with the smell of Autumn in the air.
‘Black Heart Rum’ draws influence from the Irish folk tunes and Bush songs Eliza grew up on, overlaid with her laconic, sardonic vocals that take the listener on a journey through her experiences and fantasies including love, lust & longing. The overall result is a sound that harks back to the days of Fleetwood Mac, first loves and sticky floors in dark, seductive bars.
The lo-fi aesthetic on Black Heart Rum employed by Eliza Jaye ensures a raw and rustic feel. "We used vintage valve and you can hear the warmth & natural overdrive of my Vox ac10, while the violin offers sweet, clean textures and raw, gritty tones. The drums were miked up in a huge corrugated iron shed and we recorded the vocals in a little farmhouse cottage.” explains Eliza.
Eliza Jaye and The Tarts is a three-piece band fronted by Eliza with occasional guest appearances from her Sydney-based sister Anna McInerney on violin; the former Bat For Lashes violinist. When they are not together, they also compose over Skype.
The band’s sense of individuality, along with Eliza’s lyrical appeal and capacity for vocal delivery have ensured a devoted following. Eliza Jaye and The Tarts are currently recording their debut album, which will be released in May 2012.
London: 26th July and 3rd Aug – Bull & Gate, Kentish Town
Brighton: 13th Aug – The Green Door Store