Jim James Shares “Here In Spirit,” Hopeful First Single from Forthcoming Solo Album Eternally Even

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Yesterday Jim James took on Trump with “The Same Old Lie,” his contribution to the “30 Days, 30 Songs” project. Today, the My Morning Jacket frontman is back with another political track, “Here In Spirit,” the first single from his forthcoming solo album Eternally Even.

James calls the song a response to the Orlando shootings: “It’s […] about speaking out and trying to be there for people in spirit even if you can’t be at every rally and battle. We have such a duty to speak out for equality and for each other.”

James’ voice echoes over low, atmospheric synthesizers as he sings:

The stone is thrown
It’s coming fast
The next thing you know
It’s crashing through the glass
Now we’re down on our knees picking up the scraps
Whatever it takes we’re gonna build it back

Dissonance slowly creeps in, and just before the three-and-a-half minute mark, the music fractures in a controlled glitch, evoking the breaking glass described in the lyrics. The song then continues at a slower pace—but it continues. That’s the metaphorical point.

Eternally Even will be James’ second full-length solo album. A press statement noted that the LP’s tracks “are both immediately identifiable as Jim James music and also sound like nothing he’s ever done.”

The album is slated for release on Nov. 4 via ATO/Capitol Records. James is also starting a tour next month with Twin Limb. Check out the dates and listen to “Here In Spirit” below.

Jim James Tour Dates:

15-16 – Boston, Mass. @ Royale
18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Fillmore
19 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
20 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
22 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Tabernacle
23 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
25 – Louisville, Ky. @ Palace Theater
26 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riviera Theatre
27 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater
29 – Saint Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
30 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown

1 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ State Theater
3 – Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theatre
5 – Missoula, Mont. @ The Wilma Theatre
6 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SoDo
7 – Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theatre
9 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Orpheum Theatre
10 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Brooklyn Bowl
11 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee
13 – Austin, Texas @ Austin City Limits Live
14 – Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
16 – Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
17 – New Orleans, La. @ The Civic Theatre

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