Jake Allen Announces New Album, Rising Tide Video Out Now!

Multi-instrumentalist and Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso Jake Allen
Announces Single “Rising Tide” Out August 28th

New Album Affirmation Day Due out October 2nd 
with Six Degrees Records Distribution

“Jake Allen’s “Rising Tide” Reminds Us to Stay Humble”

– PopMatters

“The folkpop track highlights his trademark acoustic finger plucking style which follows in the lush and exquisite tradition of Damien Rice and Duncan Sheik, heart firmly placed on their proverbial sleeves. His complex and twisty command of the melody is a joy to hear”

– American Songwriter

“Allen, who finger plucks guitars, has this old-soul to him. His voice certainly doesn’t sound old; his vocals are suave and crush-worthy.”

– No Depression

The multi-instrumentalist and fingerstyle guitar artist, Jake Allen announces his lead single “Rising Tide” out August 28th. The new single is off the forthcoming album “Affirmation Day,” due out October 2 releasing on his label, Jake Allen Music, and being distributed in conjunction with Six Degrees Records. The new album beautifully captures Allen’s existential thoughts juxtaposed with his transcendent perspectives encased in a blend of prog-pop, folk and alt-rock sensibilities. It is an impressive album with technical guitar stylings under simple melodies and strikingly deep lyricism. Pre-order the new album here: https://jakeallen.bigcartel.com/

Affirmation Day was inspired by Jake Allen’s tour and travels throughout Europe, Russia, China and Japan. During his travels, he was invited to perform as a clinician by his main sponsor, Takamine Guitars. At the end of the trip Allen spent over a month alone and in reflection of his journeys at the a Uzupio Art Incubator in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he wrote the album with just an acoustic guitar and his insidious voice. Allen has exquisitely captured his wanderlust laden travel experiences, honing new musical ideas inspired by his constant new surroundings and circumstances.

Affirmation Day is presented in 12 songs and it takes the listener into a textured introspective journey full of light and dark themes. Similar themes are present in all of his releases but for the new album they are more refined and steadied through the lens of travel and experience. Allen recalls,

“Affirmation Day is a deep dive into the dichotomy of just morals values vs the conditions that both individuals and the human race as a whole tend to manifest. Under that umbrella, the album explores themes of what may lie behind the vale of life, feelings of isolation in a world that is seemingly more connected than ever, and the desire to develop compassion amongst these conditions.”

It is a testament to Allen’s growth as a person, and as an artist.

Kicking off the album release campaign is the single/music video “Rising Tide,” a song Allen says,

“is about the encounters I’ve had throughout my world travels that have shined a light on certain human conditions, and even more so, the American condition. This deeply embedded idea of progress by any means necessary kept bothering me. It’s disappointing to see people out there bulldozing their way to success without thinking about who and what they’re hurting along the way. This song just acknowledges that tendency and tries to be a reminder of its imminent consequences. Everybody has their own rising tides in their lives. Can we catch them before they drown us is the real challenge we face.”

Another note from Jake about ‘Rising Tide’:

“I write about the tension and anxiety that result from wearing blinders to what’s is broken in us globally and personally and I felt like I should do something about it beyond just writing about it. 

Through a serendipitous chain of events, I was led to the concept of “Blue Mind” and I became friends with the author of the book bearing the same title, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. 

The book and the concept are simple. Being around, on, and in water has a healing effect on our minds and helps us re-center ourselves. Water is part of my life and I feel like we all inherently know that it is medicine for our bodies and mind, but often take for granted. Blue Mind breaks it down into a defined thing that we can put into practice. 

In a year where anxiety and stress are reaching an all-time high, we need these foundational reminders of how to rediscover our even keel. 

Blue Mind is really a ground-level solution and the Live Blue Foundation is putting it into action where it’s needed most.

I’m donating 20% of all pre-orders and merch sales leading up to new album’s release to Live Blue.”

Another of the four focus tracks from the upcoming album is “More than Meets The Eye.” It is a look into his transcendent journey, Allen explains,

“a lot of the perspective I wrote from has also been shaped by my experiences with ayahuasca and this profoundly palpable connection to an undying source that the medicine reminds you is always there. The new song is inspired by this kind of source behind the curtain.” He continues, “it illustrates the roles we play in life as possibly being a mere single aspect in a much larger cosmic dance.  But if you don’t want to dig that deep, the track can easily be interpreted as just a simple little love song, which I think is a fun thing.”

Jake Allen also explores the theme of death with the new album, as his Uncle passed away shortly before it was written. He recalls,

“my reaction to his death sparked the song “Clear.” My former partner, still friend, Sarah Colclasure helped me pen the lyrics for the song via webcam while I was at the incubator. The tune shines a more positive light on the mystery of death.”

Giving the new album more of its trademark sound, Allen invited the 20-year-old world class Memphis violinist Basil Alter to track a consistent layer of crafty string work to most of the songs. Allen recalls the song that brought him to Basil,

“I had met Basil while passing through Memphis. At the time I was seeking a violinist in town to track on an early demo of the song “Two Faced.” I was so blown away by his skills during that session that I promised I would bring him back to play on the final tracks down the road. We kept our little pact and after several long days of tracking, Basil had added some magic on the songs that nobody else could have.”

The new album was produced at Jake Allen’s studio, Infinite Balance. The initial tracking sessions took place alongside the album’s Nashville based co-producer, Jonathan Russo.

With the release of the “Rising Tide,” Jake Allen is donating 20% of album pre-orders and any sales in his online merch store to the Live Blue Foundation, a group that is actively putting into practice the science behind the benefits water has on emotional wellness. #bluemind

The new album is Allen’s 4th full length studio album, due out on October 2nd

Track Listing

  1. Affirmation Day
  2. More Than Meets The Eye
  3. Only You
  4. On The Run
  5. Living Ghost
  6. Prague 6
  7. Clear
  8. Rising Tide
  9. Indigo Son
  10. Things We’ll Never Find
  11. Two Faced
  12. I’ll See You On The Other Side