Roger Jaeger definitely characterizes the sweet blend of pop rock and easy listening through his latest track off his third album called Start Over. Despite being from Oklahoma, listeners can definitely hear a combination of worldly influences from abroad and also sounds from nearby Nashville. Further exploring the abroad sound, one can hear the progressive rock mixed with the sound of the sitar. The music video Elevator specifically illustrates the path of a personal journey and its twists and turns into necessary adventure. Overall, the art direction and cinematography of the video as well further supports Jaeger’s artistic and creative endeavors. Furthermore, with lyrics such as “I wish our life would center around a dream” supports just how reflective Jaeger is and how inspiring the theme of dreaming, adventure, and self-discovery blends its way into his overall sound.
With Captain of the Waves eclectic foreign sound ringing in listener’s ears, the themes of the ocean, life, and serenity are all present in Hidden Gems-Chapter 1. The strong voices throughout the album set the tone comparable to that of storytelling and the narrator setting up the scene. Compared to a “a cabin crew” of musicians, the sounds of the accordion, double bass, mandolin, banjo & miscellaneous percussion encompasses a wordly sound centered as well on the sounds of the Bouzouki and Ukulele.
A ‘cabin crew’ of accordion, double bass, mandolin, banjo & pitter patter percussion adding to the Captain’s voices, accompanied by his Bouzouki/Ukulele, were the nucleus of the noise evident on the debut album. Captain of the Lost Waves combines the traditional sound of black cabaret with the stories of a traveler in a planned and intentional way that informs listeners that their ambiance has been no mistake.