Jim James - "State of the Art - A.E.I.O.U."
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky Album: Regions of Light and Sound of God
After all that he's accomplished it seems like Jim James is still underrated by most of the greater listening community. Maybe James felt that way too and that's why he decided, after the sixth My Morning Jacket studio album, that it was time for him to release a solo record of original material. Regions of Light and Sound of God is an incredible record and highly slept-on, psychedelia slowed down to the pace of a lazy Sunday afternoon, and plenty of weird vocal solos and instrumental breaks to make sure that laziness is constantly interrupted. Opener "State of the Art - A.E.I.O.U." sets the tone for the whole record, revolving around a bluesy lick that's built upon over the course of five minutes, James croons on and on about spiritual topics, technology, human subjectivity and then devolves into vowel repetition—sounds about right.