James Righton (uk)Thu 22 Sep 2022
‘Release Party’ is the first single from James Righton's forthcoming second album and also features on the brilliant DEEWEE ‘Foundations’ compilation. The track was made at home in his garage during lockdown 1 and was produced remotely (thank the internet Gods) by Dave & Steph (Soulwax) at their DEEWEE studios in Ghent. After coming to prominence as vocalist/keyboardist of the successful British band Klaxons, recording with Arctic Monkeys, crafting his Shock Machine project, and putting together ABBA’s new live band, James Righton is bound to further explore his solo work. In 2022 Righton is reinventing himself yet again, via the stunning synth sounds of Jim, I’m Still Here, the new album. The 12-track album features a guest appearance from ABBA’s Benny Andersson. On this third post-Klaxons release Righton downs his family man tools to embody a lavish, rockstar alter ego; Jim.....
“The alter ego of Jim came to me whilst promoting my previous album ‘The Performer’ during the first week of lockdown. I created Jim. Jim would be the deluded rockstar, living out his fantasies from the confines of his garage. James was Dad.
At the same time as creating Jim I also spent more time than ever thinking. Just thinking. I thought about the people I love, the people I miss, the places I wanted to go to, the things I wanted to do. I was looking forward and back. Time allowed thoughts in. Thoughts became words and the words became songs. I wrote about my wife, my children, friends who I miss and a friend who sadly passed away from Covid during the first month of the pandemic. As a result this album is more personal, raw and unlike any other I’ve made. I let the words dictate.
To be clear Jim and James are both me. Jim is an exaggerated semi fictional version of me. James changes nappies, makes dinner and reads bedtime stories to his kids. Jim craves external validation, likes, followers and adds to playlists. But in truth you can never fully detach Jim from James. The balance and constantly shifting nature of this duality I find endlessly fascinating.
I hope you enjoy the music.”
James / Jim March 2022