Monday, August 25, 2008

Counting with James Summerfield

Singing / songwriting / guitar playing blokes seem to be about a dime a dozen, which makes finding one worth their guitar strings all that more exciting. James Summerfield falls into that category. Although newly discovered by me, James is already on his third solo album, titled Count To 10 & Start Again, which is out now.

It's distinguished by a nice smooth folksy polish to it with nary a sharp edge. In a few instances I thought of a lighter Matthew Sweet, but a more apt comparison would be Glen Hansard. Think of a half way point between his work with The Frames and his most recent collaboration with Markéta Irglová as The Swell Season and in the movie Once.

Enjoy the album opener, Another Day With You's Like Torture, below. Also for your listening pleasure is Jelly Bones, an instrumental track that is thoroughly enojoyable and reminds me of the soundtrack for an older movie, The Brothers McMullen (an album of mostly instrumentals which is incredible). This album is all about well crafted melodies, and these two tracks will show that.

Visit his website, his label Commercially Inviable Records, and become his friend on MySpace.


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