North East singer-songwriter – JAMES LEONARD HEWITSON – has announced his new album ‘More Pop’ (due 6 October, via Butterfly Effect Label).
Leading with the single “Black Jeans”, the release also arrives alongside the announcement of a run of UK live dates this July.
“”Black Jeans” is a pretty corny song, but the melody just sort of flowed so I kept going with it. I’m from a generally down-trodden North East coastal town called Hartlepool, but it’s great how your fashion sense helps you escape the wider socio-economic realities of where you are.”
As sprightly choruses descend into more sprawling stretches of contemplative instrumentals, he adds:
“The song morphs from a doo-wop song in D major to a noisy, blues-y jam by the end. I was listening to Courtney Barnett’s ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ a lot last year and I loved the way some songs just kept going in a meditative way, even though they could’ve finished earlier.”