Jim James has announced the forthcoming release of Uniform Clarity, a new companion piece to his 2018 solo album, Uniform Distortion.
The new LP, which includes acoustic versions of the songs originally from Uniform Distortion, along with two new tracks, arrives on Friday, Oct. 5 via ATO. Preorders are available here.
“The idea for Uniform Clarity came from Uniform Distortion, an album of intentional chaos/dirt: literal and figurative distortion of lyrics and sound meant to echo and hopefully shed some light on the twisted times and distortion of the truth in which we now live,” James explains. “Uniform Clarity is meant to illuminate the other side—raw and real, but very clear, much like in the early days of recording where all you could hear was the truth because there were no ways to manipulate recordings in the studio.”
Uniform Clarity was recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War On Drugs).
“Working with Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs—just vocals, guitar and the space itself—no special FX,” James notes. “A crystal clear illustration of the flawed beauty of what a song starts off as or sometimes remains—a thought. A seed. A light from the womb of the universe brought to life down here on earth.”
The full tracklist and album art can be found down below.
Later this evening, James will host a live event on YouTube called “Jim James Presents Uniform Clarity: In Conversation & Performance.” Viewers will have access to special performances and discussions about the forthcoming release and his larger body of work. James will also be talking about his belief in the importance of voting and his hopes for Election Day. The broadcast will come to an end with a live performance and Q+A session, which will be streamed from San Francisco at 8 p.m. ET and can be found below.
James will also set out on a solo acoustic tour, beginning Nov. 1 in California, taking him across the U.S. and culminating on Nov. 21 in Kentucky. Audiences will be able to see the My Morning Jacket frontman, accompanied by longtime drummer David Givan, perform a career-encompassing setlist, including many songs from his two most recent LPs. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
Uniform Distortion is available now. Uniform Clarity arrives via ATO on Friday, Oct. 5.
Listen to James’ two new singles off the LP, “You Get to Rome” and “Over and Over.” You can also check out Paste’s 2013 interview with James and listen to him, Will Johnson, Jay Farrar and Anders Parker perform tracks off their Woody Guthrie tribute album New Multitudes for Daytrotter.
Jim James Presents Uniform Clarity: In Conversation & Performance Live Stream:
Uniform Clarity Tracklist:
01. Just A Fool
02. You Get To Rome
03. Out Of Time
05. No Secrets
06. Yes To Everything
07. No Use Waiting
08. All In Your Head
09. Better Late Than Never
10. Over and Over
11. Too Good To Be True
12. It Will Work Out
13. Flash in The Pan
Uniform Clarity Album Art:
Jim James Tour Dates:
16 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
01 – Solana Beach, Calif. @ Belly Up Tavern
02 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Cathedral Sanctuary
03 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theatre
05 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Commonwealth Room
06 – Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theatre
08 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Pabst Theater
09 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Vic
10 – Cleveland, Ohio @ The Agora Theatre
13 – New York, N.Y. @ Town Hall
14 – Port Chester, N.Y. @ Capitol Theatre
16 – Boston, Mass. @ Shubert Theatre
17 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
19 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Tabernacle
20 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
21 – Louisville, Ky. @ The Louisville Palace