Tuesday, 20 April 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : James - Beautiful Beaches


Beautiful Beaches is the lead single and second track to be revealed from James' forthcoming album All The Colours Of You, due for release on June 4th.  Lyrically it references front man Tim Booth's decision to move away from his home in Topanga Canyon outside Los Angeles to avoid the growing risk of losing everything to wild fires that have increasingly swept California in recent years.

The track's uplifting chorus which declares "we're racing down to those beautiful beaches" might hide from some the meaning behind the lyrics, something that any fan of James will recognise as they approach their fifth decade as a band, turning darkness into light, aided here by a pulsating production from Jacknife Lee. It's certainly something the band acknowledge as Tim explains - "We love how this song is so uplifting, focusing on new beginnings. I like the idea that many might not know the backstory and hear it as a post Covid holiday song! Praying that the lyrics don’t turn out prophetic."

All The Colours Of You is released on June 4 on CD, deluxe CD, four different vinyl, cassette and digital from the band's official store.

James' official website can be found here. They are on Facebook and Twitter.  Some of the band - TimAndy and Dave - are also on Twitter.

They play 2021 festival dates at Glasgow Playground Festival (July 30), Deershed Festival (31), Warrington Neighbourhood Festival (September 4), Scarborough Open Air Theatre (9), Isle Of Wight Festival (17) and Benidorm Visor Festival (18) before a UK and Ireland tour supported by Happy Mondays calling at Leeds First Direct Arena (November 25), Birmingham Utilita Arena (26), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (28), Glasgow Hydro (30), Dublin 3Arena (December 1), Manchester Arena (3) and London Wembley Arena (4).

We also run the One Of The Three James archive, the most detailed resource for information about the band, and the site also has a Facebook and Twitter page.

TimBoothLyricADay, whose posts often lead to Tim explaining his thought processes behind the lyrics, can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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