Release Date: Jul 26, 2011
Record label: Brushfire
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Folk
Come Back to Us, the debut full-length from Zach Rogue's (Rogue Wave) new project, Release the Sunbird, is a warm album of gentle, deceptively simple tracks that subtly recall the best of the '90s acoustic rock revolution. It's a smart departure from the danceable electro of Rogue Wave's 2010 release, Permalight, that sonically resets this artist's work in a more straightforward environment, allowing listeners to hear exactly how far Rogue has come as a songwriter. .
It’s impossible to think of Zach Rogue without Rogue Wave. He changed his last name from Schwartz to Rogue for Pete’s sake; and Rogue Wave’s debut, Out of the Shadow, was essentially Rogue himself. It’s no surprise, then, that Come Back to Us, the debut of Rogue’s year-old solo moniker Release the Sunbird, is a departure but also a return to form.
Zach Rogue, the frontman of Rogue Wave, steps out of the group setting on his solo project, Release The Sunbird, delivering low-key and soulful tracks that weave pleasant acoustic guitar melodies with soft percussion. It’s an album that takes Rogue away from the familiar efforts with Rogue Wave as it harbors eloquent and delicate melodies that pioneer a soft-spoken but and delightful album. The energy starts off stronger in the beginning and mellows out throughout the album, ending on a calm note.