- Written by Paul Shugrue
- Category: Featured - Radio
- Published: 02 July 2018
Jim James’s third solo album has a title that perfectly describes it. “Uniform Distortion” is a collection of guitar-ready rockers from the leader of My Morning Jacket. He’s making a point about the digital age and it’s darker side but it’s message is overshadowed by the sheer vibrancy of it’s instrumentation.
The album’s cover is a distorted reproduction of “The Illuminated Man” from the Whole Earth Catalog and James says it depicts how his head feels like it is exploding with the amount of information we are forced to consume on a daily basis, information that is so distorted there is almost no tangible truth.
James rocks his way through songs about how social media allows us to embrace nostalgia to our detriment, how time is slipping away from the present moment , and how he is disconnecting in order to more fully understand his own life.
Says James, “More and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth finding hope in the land, in the water, in old books, in love.” And perhaps on this new album.