Discover & Download - James Bay

March 12, 2018

Raised on a music diet of Eric Clapton and Michel Jackson as a child, he was a blues purist in his teenage years, served his musical apprenticeship as an open-mic troubadour and then emerged with a series of a heart-swelling pop songs like ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Hold Back The River’ as he made his debut with 2015 album Chaos And The Calm. Immediate anthems, the tracks were beautifully recorded in Nashville, earning their creator Grammy nominations, an Ivor Novello award, a nod from GQ, plus recognition that took him from wins in best new act categories in 2015 to triumphs as best solo/ male artists the following year at both the Q Awards and the BRITS.

Crucially – and appropriately – alongside this new sonic pallet, James Bay’s second album has a thread running right through its heart that examines and embraces the notion of unity. From the gospel-flecked R&B hopscotch jam ‘In My Head’, via the imploring raw beauty of the anthemic ‘Us’, the breathless ticking golden transistor guitar pop of ‘Pink Lemonade’ and the chopped sonic blues behind the hip-swinging ‘I Found You’, this guiding sense of unity helps to navigate ‘Electric Light’’s expanded horizons in a strong coherent direction.