Jim James of My Morning Jacket released his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, just a couple weeks ago.
This definitely has a funkier feel than his music with My Morning Jacket, but I’ve always felt the band was pretty eclectic. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve heard so far.
I was trying to pin point what State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.) reminds me of and couldn’t quite get there. With the simple piano anchoring the song, Jim James’ classic sonorous vocals and even a little bit of a funk drum beat and bass line. Then, about 2/3 of the way through, a nice little guitar riff joins in and, finally, a synth pad and this adds a finishing touch on the layering of the instruments.
Take a listen and share your thoughts below! (The audio quality isn’t the greatest, so I recommend checking the song out on Spotify or iTunes)
If you like what you hear, Jim James will be at First Avenue on April 21.