The famous Eno, once of Roxy Music, solo and producer fame, is the man you can thank for the new James album, due out on September 12.
He says “I spent some days working with the band in their rehearsal room, seeing extraordinary pieces of music appearing out of nowhere.
“It occurred to me that this raw material was, in it’s own chaotic and perilous way, as much a part of their work as the songs that would finally grow out of it.”
Known for his eccentricity, and weird and sometimes wonderful, music, Eno says “The music was always on the edge of breakdown, held together by taut threads and full of beautiful, unrepeatable collisions.”
Wah Wah follows the Mancunian’s splendid Laid. It’s being called in some quarters the “alternative album,” and is presented in a specially packaged double-album form.
James vocalist Tim Booth offers his thoughts: “It’s an experiment in looseness. We’ve always been a serious jamming band, making a racket that nobody apart from us would ever hear.” Eno has seen behind the humour and the modesty. Expect James to go Top Five.