Regions Of Light And Sound Of God CD (2013)

Artist: Jim James

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Label ATO Records/red
SKU 246544036
UPC 880882183523
UPC 14 00880882183523
Format CD
Release Date 2/5/2013
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Author Jim James
Compilation Appearance T Bone Burnett Presents:speaking Cloc
Compilation Appearance St Peter 57Th St
Compilation Appearance Shout
Compilation Appearance Tribute To
Compilation Appearance Boss (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Farewell Transmission:jason Molina
Associated Artist/Work Farrar, Jay
Technical Info
CatalogID 218352
Lable Name ATO (USA)
Released 2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00880882183523
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Scott Moore , Adrianna Molello, Ben Sollee (strings); Emily Hagihara (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Rick Kwan.
Recording information: Heaven; Removador Fun Ranch; The Fun Home.
Photographers: Jim James; Mr. F. Smoots; Knaht Voy Yllom; Dr. Timothy Woock.
In 2008, during a My Morning Jacket concert, frontman Jim James fell from the stage and was injured badly enough to spend three weeks recuperating. During that time, artist Gary Burden dropped by and gave him a copy of Lynd Ward's God's Man, a graphic novel in woodcuts from 1929. The book moved him. The book is about a young artist who seeks redemption while struggling with personal demons. In 2009, he released his first solo EP as Yim Yames, an effort comprised entirely of George Harrison songs. The book and Harrison's spiritual curiosity are muses for Regions of Light and Sound of God, James' debut solo offering -- a charming, messy collection of nine songs that all deal with spiritual concerns -- though never religiously. James played all instruments and voices, and produced it. Set opener "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)" contains a jazzy piano motif (whose idea is borrowed from Traffic's "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys). He never develops it beyond a two-chord vamp, but he adds funky drums for motion. His lyrics offer conflicting metaphorical dualities -- observations on inner and outer worlds, some deliberate clich?s, and the vowels in the alphabet. Electric guitar, sparse keyboard washes, and atmospheric string sounds fill it in to create a brooding drama. "Dear One," with its interlocking piano and rhythm loops, is a melodic yet urgent cosmic love song. "New Life" is another; a jaunty, uplifting tune that borrows from doo wop and early rock & roll down to the keyboard sax solo. One can hear ideas drawn from Talk Talk's Colour of Spring album in the single "Know to Now," that's built from the rhythm up. The Middle Eastern modal motif in "All Is Forgiven" is compelling as James' protagonist observes both Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths and their claim to a true path -- and prays to an undefined God to be shown one, and for the knowledge that the title is indeed true. The familiar sound of chirping birds introduces the loopy, psychedelic, funky soul that drives "Of the Mother Again." Breaks, alternately pitched harmony vocals, a rubbery bassline, a spacy guitar vamp, and minimal keyboard horns populate its mix. It's a summertime groover. The sophisticated pop flirtation in "Actress" belies more serious implications than its breezy melody suggests. Closer "God's Love to Deliver" is a dreamy, poignant space hymn. Regions of Light and Sound of God is intriguing and quirky; its songs often pose big questions inside informal, loosely developed pop song structures that are instantly accessible yet whose lyrics are often metaphysically elusive. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.65) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[N]ine flamboyantly spiritual songs wrapped in creamy electronics and set to funk and hip-hop beats."
Paste (magazine) - "With REGIONS, the central Jim James fingerprint is his voice. It permeates every track on the record, and it's just as angelic and powerful as ever."
Disc 1
1 State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)
2 Know Til Now
3 Dear One
4 New Life, A
5 Exploding
6 Of the Mother Again
7 Actress
8 All Is Forgiven
9 Gods Love to Deliver
Product Attributes
Artist James,Jim
Music Format Compact Disc

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