New album Songs From Where I Live is out April 21st via Team Love Records.
Who: James Smith. “Written and recorded at home during the first week of January 2017, the album was born out of a long bout of depression where the act of musical creativity was cathartic and self-affirming.”
What: Indie folk (FFO: Early Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Laura Marling)
Where: Mirfield, UK.
Why: I’ve heard all of Songs From Where I Live and can confidently state that it is one of the albums of the year. No hype. You just have to hear it.
Combining atmospheric field recordings, touches of ambiance, and a simple/delicate approach to indie folk, the album is an immediately arresting and cathartic listen. However, this would all be for naught if Smith did not possess the capability to share his innermost and darkest emotions in such and intimate and vulnerable manner. Despite the rather downbeat tone of the music, it is an immediately warm and immediate listen, like being invited into someone’s house on a bitter and hostile night to sit by the fire and warm up.
‘Fallen Leaves’, the first track to be released from the album, is a gently finger picked acoustic number. It seems, for me, to lament self sabotage and self destructive behaviour: “You follow / Your hollow / Heart / It takes you / Right back to / The start.” It is a tender and lost moment, and it is not even close to the best song on the record.
Do yourself a favour, pre-order Songs From Where I Live via Bandcamp. We think it’ll be an absolute gem.
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