photo by Kevin Ratterman
Following the release of his recent solo album Uniform Distortion earlier this summer, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has announced a new, acoustic companion to that effort, Uniform Clarity, which will be released on October 5 via ATO.
The new album will combine acoustic versions of Uniform Distortion tracks, along with two brand-new cuts, “You Get to Rome” and “Over and Over,” both of which can be heard below.
James explains the impetus for the acoustic album in a press release: “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. 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. Working with [producer] Shawn Everett, we created a document style recording of these songs—just vocals, guitar and the space itself, no special FX. 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.”
Throughout today, James will appear via a YouTube event for performances and discussions about the new album, his music and the importance of political involvement, ending with a special performance and Q&A session that will be broadcast live from San Francisco via James’ YouTube channel and in the video below, starting at 5pm PT/8pm ET.
See James’ upcoming solo acoustic tour schedule below.
Jim James Tour Dates
September 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Pathways to Paris at Theatre at Ace Hotel
November 1 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
November 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Cathedral Sanctuary
November 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
November 5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room
November 6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
November 8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater
November 9 – Chicago, IL – The Vic
November 10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre
November 13 – New York, NY – Town Hall
November 14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
November 16 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre
November 17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
November 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
November 20 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
November 21 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace