Images by RJ Shaughnessy
As a teenager, Jake Troth worked as a sushi chef, played in a death metal band, and studied fashion at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
How much this had to do with him ending up as songwriter for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland and Outkast’s Big Boi is hard to say. But now he’s at last prepping for the release of his own debut solo album, amusingly titled It Is As If (out September 13 via Atlantic Records), which has been buzzed about for a good three or four years already.
In anticipation, BlackBook premieres here the stark, intimate video for the poignant new song “Open Door,” which does in fact open up a more deeply personal side of his songcraft. Indeed, the McCartney-esque ballad borrows a melody from “All My Loving,” and marries it with a sort of English folk, “Norwegian Wood” vibe – with Troth earnestly confessing, “I heard our song and thought of you / We got some catching up to do / I’ll trade the whiskey for some jasmine tea / I just want you here with me.”
“‘Open Door’ is for all the exes who miss the intimacy and connection they had with those they used to call their best friends,” he explains.
And he sincerely hopes it provides a brief respite from life’s everyday worries and disappointments.
“If you’re a bit exhausted of all the super-perfect, computerized, touched-up, phony presentations lately, you may find solace in this little song. Written alone on guitar, recorded live in a historic studio during the heart of winter in Nashville, it is a hand-made invitation. No need to RSVP, just come through. Thanks for listening.”