Jim James

"Know Til Now"

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November 20, 2012

"Lost in the world," sings My Morning Jacket's frontman on this single from his solo debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God, due early next year. And lost he sounds, in the most ecstatic way, unfurling his high tenor amid synth drones, keyboard improvisations recalling Sun Ra and what sounds like a Seventies disco-soul sample RZA would appreciate. Jacket it ain't: no ripping guitars, no roof-raising choruses. But James' longtime fascination with psychedelic R&B – he penned liner notes to the reissue of Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul – informs a track that vibes with the current narco-funk renaissance (the Weeknd, etc.) while channeling broader history. Magnificent. 

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