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Jim James of My Morning Jacket to Release Debut Solo Album in 2013

By November 14, 2012

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My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will release his first-ever solo full-length early in 2013. Regions of Light and Sound of God will be released on February 5, ATO, and it marks James' debut solo LP after six out front of MMJ.

James' recorded, engineered, and produced the album himself, playing every instrument. In the press-release announcing the existence of Regions of Light and Sound of God, James explained, of the record: "I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time. Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any sense--like a hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good old days of just being a simple robot."

First single "Know 'Til Know" shows James is straying ever further from that classic My Morning Jacket grain silo sound, creating a strange sound-world of '60s grooviness and atmospheric crackle looped in a digital way; like he's been listening both to classic Atlantic R&B and '90s Mo'Wax trip-hop.

It certainly piques the interest for what his fantastically-titled LP might be up to; suggesting that the genre-jumping kookiness of recent My Morning Jacket records has been shelved for something more singular and coherent.

Regions of Light and Sound of God Track List:
1. "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U)"
2. "Know Til Now"
3. "Dear One"
4. "A New Life"
5. "Exploding"
6. "Of the Mother Again"
7. "Actress"
8. "All Is Forgiven"
9. "God's Love to Deliver"

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