The sophomore album from Early James, Strange Time To Be Alive is the sound of an artist sublimely
out of step with the world. With all the charmed eccentricity of a true poet, the Alabama-bred
singer/songwriter takes in the endless absurdity he sees around him, then alchemizes his unease into
a glorious patchwork of musical idioms: forsaken blues and contemplative folk songs, brooding
murder ballads and lovestruck piano tunes. Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Dan
Auerbach, Strange Time To Be Alive ultimately extracts a certain magic from the madness, imbuing
even the most painful truth-telling with a wild-eyed joie de vivre.
“I think it’s okay to admit you feel crazy or uncomfortable in your own skin—those are very human
feelings that we need to say out loud,” says James. “I hope this record reminds people that everyone
feels crazy sometimes, and that the real crazy people are the ones who won’t admit self-doubt.”
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