When he's not busy making TOTALLY spaced out Prog Rock with My Morning Jacket, melding together some Neo-Soul sounds with Monsters of Folk, covering classic George Harrison tunes, or gettin' Funky with The Roots and Erykah Badu ... Jim James has been quietly fine-tuning a loose concept album called Regions of Light and Sound of God. James essentially based the album around a 1929 woodcut book titled Gods' Man, which he managed to morph into a "hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good ol' days of just being a simple robot." Once he's done touring behind Regions, Jim James plans to re-group with his fellow My Morning Jacket bandmates in April or May to start work[ing] on their upcoming seventh studio album.
Jim James self-produced the bulk of his solo record and played nearly every instrument on it; Effortlessly sprinkling in bits of Americana, Jazz-Funk, Disco, "old school R&B, Island Funk [and] Hip-Hop." Regions of Light and Sound of God will see a post-New Years release on February 5th and ATO Records unveiled a widget yesterday, complete with an email-triggered download link to it's lead single, "Know til Now." If you ask me, it kinda sounds like the strange, long-forgotten lovechild of The Bee Gees and Postal Service! While talking with SPIN back in July, James explained how working on remixes for Alt-J and Floating Action, really allowed him to exercise his creativity and focus all of his energy on producing his solo album. Regions of Light and Sound of God is now available for pre-order in a few packages, far a head of it's scheduled February '13 release date.