been almost two years since My Morning Jacket released Circuital. Jim James
(Front man of “My Morning Jacket” and “Monsters of folk”) has managed to put
together an incredibly well-rounded solo album. He did so while maintaining one
of the most extensive touring schedules in rock and roll.
of Light and Sound of God” which was released February 5th by ATO records is a
folky, soulful, and downright intriguing compilation of songs. Listening to one
or two tracks doesn’t do the record justice. To fully understand the
intricacies Jim James worked into the songs, one must listen to the album in
its entirety. Smooth transitions coalesce into making the album seem like one
cohesive unit of reverb drenched bliss.
familiar with Jim James’ previous works will undoubtedly be surprised by how
funky the songs feel. However, upon close listening it’s quickly realized that
the songs hold true to Jim James’ folky roots which got him to where he’s at
New Life” is a shining example of this. Beginning with James on a guitar, he
sings, “Hey… Open the door. I want a new life, and here’s what’s more, I want a
song quickly picks up steam. A rhythm section infiltrates the chorus, followed
by a vibraphone, slide guitar and eventually a horn section. It’s a sensible
crescendo executed with grace.
music video for the first single “Know ‘til Now” is Bold (with a capitol B).
It’s shot from an old black and white camera. Jim James is clad in a white
suite. He stands with his back to the camera for the entirety of the video. At
this point in his career, James doesn’t have to do much to impress people.
only decent analogy I can come up with for “Regions of Light and Sound of God”
is if Marvin Gaye worked out an album with fleet foxes. Aspects of the album,
which discern “Regions of Light and Sound of God” from anything else around, is
undoubtedly the instrumentation and the vocals. This album is a great addition
to what is sure to be a delightful year of music.