James Alexander Bright’s music is as visual a voyage as it is a sonic one; a kaleidoscope of colours that swirl, swoon, soar and sing. Stepping into his musical world is a multi-sensory experience, one where smooth grooves, wonky rhythms, dreamy melodies and immersive atmospheres coalesce to form their own sphere. “Sound as vision,” says Bright of the audio aesthetic he relates to and aims for. “Music you can bite into.”
Based in the Hampshire countryside and an illustrator by day, his world is often a dual one but one where elements overlap and inform one another. “I spend a lot of my day creating things visually and everyday life can be an assault on the senses,” says James. “Evening is my quiet time; time for my ears. Invariably I’m inspired by the things that people and creatures do in the dark.”
This creative duality guides James’ music to be as visual a voyage as a sonic one. Colours and shapes swirl, swoon, soar and sing amongst smooth grooves and dreamy melodies to form a kaleidoscopic multi-sensory world.
Released in April 2020, his debut album ‘Headroom’ was described in MOJO as “Blissful choruses, sweetly nagging refrains and a lo-fi sensibility. Hard not to love”. Uncut remarked on “Intoxicating, highly evocative, sun-dappled soul”, Electronic Sound Magazine flattered with “Pastoral 21st century electronic psychedelia that knows all the best clubs in town” and Louder Than War called it “Exceptional and exhilarating”. Feedback from musicians and DJs included praise from Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay (“All the musical styles I love. I’m a big fan”), Bill Brewster (“One exceptional album”), The Bees’ Aaron Fletcher (“A timeless record”) and Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet (“Moves stylishly through psychedelic patterns and multicoloured textures”).
During a busy 2020, James featured on three tracks, as well as designing the artwork, on Groove Armada’s recent album ‘Edge Of The Horizon’, contributed exclusive track ‘Under The Sun’ to the Too Slow To Disco: The Sunset Manifesto compilation (alongside Kraak & Smaak, Yuksek, Poolside) and released collaborative single ‘It’s Alright’ with Dutch producer/drummer Feiertag. A new project with Groove Armada’s Tom Findlay as Bright & Findlay saw their ‘Slow Dance’ EP released on Athens of the North in September. James’ ‘Headroom’ radio show continues to broadcast on Noods Radio on Tuesday afternoons every four weeks.
A second album is currently being written and recorded at his home in the Hampshire countryside, with an eye for release in 2022.