About a week ago we posted “Know Til Now”, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James’ first single from the upcoming debut solo album Regions of Light and Sound of Go – inspired by God’s Man – a wordless graphic novel written in 1929 by Lynd Ward. Second single, “A New Life” is rather different than the first one, starting off with a barely hearable acoustic guitar and James emotively striking vocals. As the song progresses, more and more instruments are added until the song culminates into an instrumental finale. On the song James identifies with the God’s Man protagonist; “There’s a scene [in God’s Man] where the main character is like chased out of town and he falls off a cliff and is lost and kind of injured and this woman finds him and nurses him back to health and they fall in love,” James told in an interview with Rolling Stone. “And they have a child together and they have this new life that’s kind of coming. That had happened to me. Like, I had fallen offstage and gotten injured and gotten super dark and fell in love and all that was happening at the same time I was loving this book. It was like I had this beautiful illustration of what was happening in my life.”
But there is also a more profounder theme to the song; ”…about making a conscious choice to open a new door for oneself,” and “to step forward out of safe stagnation or fear and into beauty or peace or whatever you would like to call truth in your heart in order to begin a new life in and of love.”. Regions of Light and Sound of God is out February 5th.
- Jim James – Know Til Now (ifoundmusic.com)
- RETRO: My Morning Jacket – Dondante (2005) (ifoundmusic.com)
- Jim James-Know Til Now. (toomanymuffins.wordpress.com)
- My Morning Jacket’s Jim James to release solo album in 2013 (music-mix.ew.com)