James are back with new songs forged in these strangest of days. Their 15th studio album, aptly titled Living In Extraordinary Times on infectious Music. The new recording sessions were overseen by Mercury Prize-winning producer Charlie Andrew and rising star Beni Giles. Hank, which appears on the EP and opens the new record, is further evidence that James have no inclination to shy away from politics. Booth is an Englishman in America, and that particular perspective on Donald Trump’s American carnage couldn’t help but have an impact on the writing of the record. As well as biting social commentary, Living In Extraordinary Times also sees Booth speak frankly about deeply personal issues. On Coming Home (Pt. 2), he writes - not for the first time - about the pain of being a father on tour away from a young child. That song features an appearance from long-time James collaborator Brian Eno. The new album also features EP title track Better Than That, in which Booth urges the universe to do its worst, like a man squaring up to life itself.
“You can do better than that,” he sings. “Hit me again and show me where I’m cracked.” The album started life in three weeks of extended jam sessions at Sheffield’s Yellow Arch Studios, featuring Booth, Davies, Glennie and keyboard player Mark Hunter and they finished recording at Iguana Studios in Brixton, London.
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