Early James & The Latest's New Album Will Leave You Wanting More
Early James & The Latest’s new album “Singing For My Supper” is full of cool-sounding, vintage-inspired tunes, but it's so much more than that.
“When I first heard 'Blue Pill Blues' ... I was instantly in love with the sound and I began building expectations for what the rest of an album might sound like. But, as is usually the case, expectations are rarely ever accurate. Was I wrong to think that a song with a trippy guitar intro that stretches over a minute in length might indicate a jammy, loose record full of instrumental excursions? Well, yes. I was wrong. And I’m not at all mad about it,” says WYEP’s Joey Spehar.
Early James was born Frederick James Mullis, Jr. in Troy, Ala. in 1993 and “Singing For My Supper" is his second release with his band The Latest. However, it probably safe to say that this new album is more of a proper introduction to the music of this timeless 26-year-old.
“My first listen to 'Singing For My Supper' found me repeatedly questioning any preconceived notions of what kind of music Early James makes. I found it hard to pinpoint his influences. It sounded like nothing I’d ever heard before,” says Spehar.
Early James is the star of the show, without question. However, that’s certainly not to say that The Latest part of the equation isn’t an afterthought.
“The band accompany Early James perfectly, sliding from psychedelic blues to barroom jaunts effortlessly. It’s smooth. That surely has something to do with the album’s producer, too. That would be Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. 'Singing For My Supper' was released on Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound label and it fits right in with the rest of his non-conformist musical lineup. This is music that isn’t trying to be anything other than what it is,” says Spehar.
There are 10 songs on "Singing For my Supper" and they are primed for repeated listens, with a tracklist that runs only about 35 minutes.
“I have a feeling this will, like it did for me, leave you wanting more. It lends itself to repeated listens. You’ll probably find something new you like every time you listen. For Early James, it’s super well-deserved,” says Spehar.
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