James sheds light on songwriting process on stripped-down version of recent album
Just three months after releasing his solo album Uniform Distortion – which we called “dirtbag classic rock” – James has announced a follow-up album. Uniform Clarity, out October 5th, features acoustic versions of the songs from Uniform Distortion. The new version of “You Get To Rome,” turns the riff-heavy stomper into a fingerpicked meditation; another heavy anthem, “Over and Over” becomes a campfire singalong.
“The idea for Uniform Clarity came from Uniform Distortion, an album of intentional chaos [and] dirt: literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live,” James said in a statement. “Uniform Clarity is meant to illuminate the other side – raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio.”
James recorded the album with Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, the War on Drugs) at L.A.’s Eastwest Studios. James said they “created a document style recording of these songs – just vocals, guitar and the space itself – no special FX. A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains: a thought, a seed, a light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth.” James will perform the songs on YouTube live from San Francisco tonight at 5 p.m. P.T.
James will celebrate the album on a solo acoustic tour that begins November 1st and will take him to venues like Denver’s Paramount Theatre and New York’s Town Hall, wrapping November 21st with a hometown show at Kentucky’s Louisville Theater.
Jim James Tour Dates
November 1 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
November 2 – Los Angeles, CA@ Cathedral Sanctuary
November 3 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
November 5 – Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room
November 6 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatr
November 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
November 9 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic
November 10 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
November 13 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
November 14 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
November 16 – Boston, MA @ Shubert Theatre
November 17 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
November 19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
November 20 – Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
November 21 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace
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