JAMES’ new single ‘Sometimes’ has been scheduled for an August 31 release, shortly followed by their Brian Eno-produced LP.
The new LP, recorded in the spring and due out on September 20, is expected to be showcased at this Sunday’s slot supporting Neil Young at London Finsbury Park.
Band frontman Tim Booth says playing acoustically in the US with Neil Young and working with Brian Eno has produced a “more simple, more naked” sound.
He adds, “We’ve been doing first takes rather than seventh takes in the studio and we’re much happier with this kind of spontaneity. There’s a lack of fussiness about the way Eno works. Most producers aim for perfection in the studio but that’s a dirty word in Eno’s book.”
Besides the ‘Sometimes’ single – which harks back to the band’s early lndie folk style -the LP is expected to include new songs ‘Out To Get You’, ‘PS’, ‘Raid’, ‘Lester Piggott’ and ‘Carousel’. Many of the tracks were unveiled at a low-key date in Bath last March.