James Righton: The Performer

The Performer

James Righton

  • US $25.99  

  • Release Date 20 March 2020
Product code
DEEWEE036
Format
Vinyl LP
Label
Deewee

After coming to prominence as the frontman of the Mercury Prize-winning Klaxons, recording with Arctic Monkeys, and crafting his Shock Machine project, James Righton is now set to release his debut solo album ‘The Performer’ on March 13th, 2020.

‘The Performer’ stands in stark contrast to the electro-hedonism of Righton’s work with Klaxons. Instead, it spins through various points from 1970 onwards. It touches on the suave art-lounge of Roxy Music, the jangly grooves of R.E.M., the sumptuous psychedelia of latter day Beach Boys, and the songwriting gift of Nick Lowe. In short, it uses classic elements as the groundwork for something which feels a natural fit for 2019.

Those influences permeate the album’s title track and lead single. On one hand, it’s an existential dilemma of trying to reconcile the flamboyance of being an artist with the mundanity of family life. On the other, it’s escapist – slipping into another identity allows them to co-exist without one overruling the other.

As Righton questions, “Am I this showman up on stage? Or am I the dad changing nappies? Am I living in the moment and doing something enjoyable? Or am I fucking miserable? I find that really interesting: this idea of putting on a suit and becoming this other thing.”

Tracklist
The Performer
1 Edie  
2 See The Monster  
3 Devil is Loose  
4 Lessons In Dreamland, Pt1  
5 Are You With Me?  
6 Start  
7 Heavy Heart  
8 Lessons In Dreamland, Pt2  

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