Nightingale Floors is the fifth studio album from Rogue Wave. This release follows the band’s 2010 album Permalight and the debut track from the album, titled College, is already streaming via Soundcloud.
The brainchild of Zach Schwartz (aka Zach Rogue) Rogue Wave formed in 2002 in Oakland, CA. While the line-up has changed from album to album the two constants have always been Zach and drummer Pat Spurgeon. Nightingale Floors finds the group secure in its sound and brimming with confidence. The result can only be described as a triumphant return to form.
Meditations on life and death dominate Nightingale Floors, in large part because Rogue’s father passed away during the writing of the record. But far from being a downer, Rogue has used the experience to find peace and, ultimately, happiness in facing up to the short time we have on Earth and appreciate everything around him. Much has been written about Rogue Wave’s misfortune over the years, and it’s true that for such a nice bunch of guys, they certainly have had their fair share of bad luck.
Rogue Wave tapped Release The Sunbird s mixer John Congleton (whose impressive résumé includes Modest Mouse, The Walkmen, David Byrne & St. Vincent, and Explosions In The Sky) to produce the record just north of Oakland at Cotati’s Prairie Sun Recording Studios. With the assistance of touring bassist Masanori Mark Christianson, Peter Wolf Crier s Peter Pisano (guitar), Sea Of Bees Jules Baenziger (vocals), and Mwahaha s Ross Peacock (synth manipulation), Rogue, Spurgeon, and Christianson channeled their energies into 10 smart, dynamic songs that range from opener No Magnatone and its dreamy washes of sound to the big, catchy rock of College to the gentle The Closer I Get to the moody yet epic closer Everyone Wants To Be You. The music is as thoughtfully conceived as you’d expect from Rogue Wave, and there s an emotional energy behind the tracks that lingers on long after the album’s last note.