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Music

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Déjà Vu04:01
Espionage02:52
Run Like The Nile02:52
Needs Must03:12watchwatch
Marmalade04:09watchwatch
Crimson Lipstick04:30watchwatch
Big Tin Heart03:18watchwatch
Black Heart Rum03:00watchwatch

Press

If you possess a single ounce of heart or soul then this album [Middle Child] contains 4 minutes and 23 seconds of the most beautiful song and performance that you will hear this year…

…”Deja Vu” is the sort of song David Lynch might use as a recurring theme in one of his films…

… Eliza Jaye’s posthumous album captures her questing spirit – from vivid indie punk and dream pop to the silvery, otherworldly quality of ‘Tenderness’ and ‘Deja Vu’. A moving collection of songs that stays with you…

L O'Brien

This album is a beautifully crafted, sometimes breathtaking, but undeniably poignant journey through luscious soundscapes…

These three songs [Orchid, The Desert, Take the Time] have a peace and quiet beauty, focusing in on happiness and the inevitability of life and made this listener at least, appreciate the simple pleasures in life just that little bit more…

Prologue

After recording and mixing Middle Child in the UK in 2016, Eliza Jaye returned to Sydney to release the album as a Sydney artist. Sadly diagnosed with cancer soon after her return, Eliza delayed the release to prioritise on her recovery. While the album was receiving its final QA in February 2020, Eliza passed away peacefully in her childhood home in the presence of her family. Eliza was 43. Middle Child was released on 18 September 2020.

Biography

Initially trained in Sydney as a violinist, Eliza Jaye learned the guitar and discovered her gift of singing on a scholarship in music. She started a degree in Opera but left for the UK, being drawn to the life of the traveller and artist. Eliza established her craft in Brighton’s gig circuit as both a soloist and in various bands.

As an artist and musician, I draw inspiration from my environment and, living on the road, means having access to a constantly changing environment. One day I could be in a forest the next day by the sea or in a foreign country.

Eliza Jaye

Eliza again answered the call to adventure and toured the UK and Europe in her campervan cum mobile recording studio. At this time of creativity and reflection, Eliza developed Middle Child. The single “Deja Vu” was written while in Perpignan, in the south of France.

The ambiance of the place, the vastness of the sea, the smell of lemon sugar crepes, and the carousel painted with mermaids were all distilled into the writing of the song.

Eliza Jaye

Eliza has produced and recorded two albums of material inspired by ideas spanning her lifetime. Several of the songs were written from when she was a teenager in Sydney.

Material seems to distill in me over time and is often drawn from feelings of nostalgia.

Eliza Jaye