Title - Seasons
Artist - Graeme James
For those not in the know, when it comes to crafting albums, singer-songwriter Graeme James seems to follow to philosophies: Do it yourself, and think big!
And no, those are not conflicting notions, for James, a talented multi-instrumentalist, pays a dizzying array of instruments on his new Nettwerk Records release, Seasons (due to release on April 1st, 2022) - just as he did on his Nettwerk debut, 2019’s The Long Way Home, and his earlier efforts, of course.
James also produces his recordings, which allows him to sandwich together as many layers of violin, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, double bass, banjo, baritone ukulele, viola, cello, harmonica, accordion, and percussion as he wants!
However, for Seasons, he did also request piano, horn, percussion and vocal contributions from friends.
Oh, and he even creates his own cover art, drawn in a distinctive pen-and-ink style and partly inspired by vintage children’s books and linocut printing.
1. The Fool
2. A Sea of Infinite Possibilities
3. The Tallest Tree
4. Field Notes on an Endless Day
5. Everlasting Love
6. The Angel of St. George
7. All the Lives We Ever Lived
8. Death Defying Acts
9. Banks of the Arrow
10. The Weight of Many Winters
11. The Voyage of the James Caird
12. No Memories of Tomorrow
Opening on the congenial melodies of The Fool (a track where he marvels at the splendor of a world being made anew) and the preciseness of guitar playing within the beautiful balladry of A Sea of Infinite Possibilities, next up is the joyful The Tallest Tree, the astute musical ambiance of Field Notes on an Endless Day, and then come both the gently fervent Everlasting Love (where he celebrates committed love) and the gorgeous melodies found within The Angel of St. George.
Next up is the translucent, troubadour-imbibed balladry and layered percussion of All the Lives We Ever Lived and the free-flowing harmonies of Death Defying Acts which are in turn backed by the atmospheric Banks of the Arrow, the quietly skippety The Weight of Many Winters, rounding out on the structured sternness of The Voyage of the James Caird, the album closing on the opaque musings of No Memories of Tomorrow.
With this Seasons release, James continues plumbing subjects he began exploring in a four-EP series released from fall 2020 through summer of 2021.
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