For My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, recording the politically conscious Eternally Even and releasing it days before the election was an exacted move. As we enter a surreal new era, that of Trump's America, the low-key rallying cry of James' sophomore solo album feels especially relevant now more than ever. In Eternally Even, James utilizes his gruff croon to contemplate the current state of affairs, to urge listeners to take a stand, and to ponder the slipping passage of time. The subject matter might sound emotionally biting, but the layering of complex arrangements, distorted beats, and organic sounds in each track brings an intimate, almost meditative quality to the atmospheric tunes.
James kicked off a brief, nationwide tour for Eternally Even earlier this fall at Pappy & Harriet's, but for those of you who couldn't make the trek to Pioneertown, the singer-songwriter is bringing his somnolent, soulful sound to the historic Orpheum Theater this Friday. Dream pop psych trio Twin Limb opens. Consider— or mourn— these tumultuous times through a softer form of protest.
Written by Sophie He