James Alexander Bright

Equal parts hazy sunshine psychedelia, lo-fi electronic soul, melodic pop nous, a husky croon and forwards-looking-backwards studio techniques; singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter James Alexander Bright has focused his broad influences and adventurous productions into a new album, currently being recorded at his studio in Hampshire. The rural setting and open skies have influenced his sound; snippets of bird song and other natural sounds can be heard in the songs, inadvertently captured recording ad-hoc vocals in the park or by the river. More traditional contributions come from Leo Wyatt and Ben Rowley on bass, and saxophone by Charlie Carroll.

Though his music is audibly saturated with the spirit of sunshine, James mostly wrote and produced by the light of the moon, providing a lyrical juxtaposition to his sound. The songs draw back the curtain of escapism and encompass the real world. Sometimes oblique, sometimes explicit; the songs permit the listener licence to draw their own interpretations as to their meaning.

“My life seems to revolve around the moon these days, I spend a lot of time in the dark hours so invariably I’m inspired by the things that people and creatures do in the dark. My creative process is always more charged at the end of the day. I sit down in the evening with just my laptop, MPC, guitar, headphones, tape deck and a notepad, and make music when inspiration comes.”

“Love both EPs”
Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music) // Interview

“Wicked track, lovely voice”
Tom Findlay, Groove Armada

“Loving it”
Huey Morgan (BBC 6 Music)

 Anthony Valadez (KCRW)

Bill Brewster

“So smooth. An absolute beauty”
BBC Introducing

“The songs-proper that decorate the laptop-driven fantasias of James Alexander Bright stick, and they help open up music that, left to its own devices, is usually just as inviting. So does Bright’s husky croon—like a weathered Junior Boys: slightly goofy, slightly aggrieved” 

“Bounces like a soul-infused collaboration between Flying Lotus and Toro Y Moi”

“Warm, woozy and relaxed electronica”
Record Collector

“Expect warped and weird outpouring of ideas; electronica re-imagined in the shape of his outlandish dreams”
Goldflake Paint

“Delightful. A real piece of work”
Electronic Sound

“Pitting folk-hued samples against glitchy electronics…an off piste sensibility that borders on psychedelia”
Clash Music

“Whereas most male solo singer-songwriters around his age seem hellbent on flooding the world with introverted sad bangers, Bright clearly has a bit of imagination”
Dummy Mag

“Neo soul, psychedelic outbursts, vintage synths and a whole heap of ideas…indicates there is plenty more to come from the talented James Alexander Bright”
DJ Mag