I caught up with the latest episode of The Leftovers (episode 6). It starts with the silent approach of a scientist as he makes his way to Miracle, TX to talk with Nora concerning the disappearances of her family. As the scenes are played out, a song is overlaid that is captivating. (This series has a nice string of captivating songs that weave their way through the series scenes.) That song is “The State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)”. It’s a song from Jim James.
Immediately, as I will do, I began looking for the song. I immediately found it and have been listening to the debut solo effort of Jim James since. The song is found on his 2013-issued album, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God. The album is populated with nine tracks, all with a bluesy feel to them.
Jim James is first and foremost a primary member of My Morning Jacket. His strength lies in his song-writing, and his thoughtful approach of it. His My Morning Jacket affiliation is compelling and important. But this solo album, which I did NOT know existed until The Leftovers is an extraordinary piece of work.
This post is merely to direct your attention to some new music that you may not have heard as of yet. Enjoy the video for “The State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)” below. You may find is as compelling as you find My Morning Jacket.
Thanks, The Leftovers. Your contribution to my musical awareness is greatly appreciated.