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Artist focus: James Bay – “Chaos and the Calm”

James Bay Chaos and the CalmThe new-age UK songwriter wonderboy James Bay seems to be breaking grounds with his 2015 debut album “Chaos and the Calm”. The critic’s choice at the 2015 BRIT Awards has scooped 3 Grammy nominations fro 2016 and his heading high after supporting Taylor Swift and Hozier on their 2014 and 2015 tours. That’s what you call kickstarting a career.

But most importantly, there definitely is reason to why this record is so anticipated. You don’t need much time to realise that you’re listening to an unusually crafted piece of music; James Bay’s “Chaos and the Calm” includes a number phenomenal tunes and potential indie-pop and fold-rock anthems. Some of then incredibly catchy, especially the Nutini-style “If You Ever Want To Be In Love” and the hit single “Hold Back The River”. And some of them just pure beauty – the folky melancholic “Move Together” and “Need The Sun To Break” – both great pieces of songwriting, the latter following a dynamic signature of the likes of Biffy Clyro or early Coldplay.

↸ James Bay – “If You Ever Want To Be In Love”

 

James Bay is great representative of the long tradition of great British songwriters – his influences are evident and he has made the perfect step towards taking over and extending the great run. The record also has producer Jaquire King to thank for the success – King has worked with the likes of Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Editors or the modern radio matadors Of Monsters & Men and City and Colour. He is responsible for some of the best albums of the 21st century – KoL’s “Only by The Night” or Editors’ “The Weight Of Love”. His signature is strongly engraved, and the way he portrays the emotion in James Bay is extraordinary. Overall they have created a wonderful piece of music, and quite possibly started a journey that can catapult Bay to stardom, the only question remaining is if this record can hit enough notes amongst the general audience. The unhealthy modern music industry hasn’t been too kind to these kinds of musicians, but times are slowly changing and one could maybe hope, that this could be the next big thing.

There is no other way then strongly recommending this album – you won’t need to listen twice, but if you don’t listen at all you may end up missing out on one of the best albums of 2015.

5*

↸ James Bay – “Need The Sun To Break”

 

 

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