EP released to coincide with spring mini-tour, ahead of summer album release.
Better Than That / Busted / Hank / Broken By The Hurt
|Release Name:||Better Than That|
|Release Date:||18th May 2018|
|Related Release(s):||Living In Extraordinary Times (Album)|
EP released to coincide with the spring 2018 mini-tour, and ahead of the summer album release. The 10” vinyl EP contained 4 songs, including Busted which was first played live in the summer of 2017.
From official release statement:
James are proud to announce the release of a new four track EP. The Better Than That EP is produced by Mercury and Brit Award winner Charlie Andrew who has previously worked with Alt-J, Nick Mulvey and Wolf Alice. The release will be the first new music since the hugely successful 2016 album Girl at the End of the World, their highest debut entry in nearly twenty years, reaching number two, second only to Adele.
EP opener and first single Better Than That is upbeat and fast-paced, an ode to improvement, urging the universe to do its worst with Tim signing “you can do better than that”, kick starting the four tracks into gear. Busted is more mellow and dreamlike, with gentle guitars building in intensity as drums and brass join the fray. Hank with its buzzing guitars and distorted vocals is the most outspoken lyrically, warning of “white fascists in the white house” encouraging listeners to “bend the knee and stand your ground”. The EP closes with the melancholic Broken By The Hurt, slightly disturbing, dark with pop melodies, it’s a fitting end to a brand-new set of tracks from the ever eclectic, the ever popular, the one and only James.