James Evans debut album, Need, offers contemporary music a voice that is both engaging and detached in it's approach to unveiling the complexities of wrought, human emotion. Evans creates his own aesthetic, mixing vivid mood and sensual lyrics with sonic exploration that mirrors the investigation we experience as humans This ten-song collection abandons convention, creating unique song structure and unmarked melodies. His voice is one that will linger, almost haunt, once you've turned off the music, paralleling his honest lyrics that remain in your head long after the song is over. Evans is quite possibly writing some of the greatest 'life songs' ever in his depiction of struggle, reward, and candor. Abandoning convention with his unique song structure and melodies, Evans presents an album that is seducing to the palate of those looking for an innovative approach to alternative, modern rock. Borrowing heavily from the musical styling of Sonic Youth, Jeff Buckley, and Morrissey, Evans is creating a sound that is accessible to a mainstream audience and filled with enough invention to satisfy the modern art-rock elitist. It's a contradiction that works. This album has been collaged together over a period of years, and that struggle to lend one's self to the creative process is distinct in each track on this album. His voice, mystical and captivating is one that will linger long after the song has finished, one you won't want to forget.
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