Leeds based songwriter James Elson launches his solo career with the release of Silent Observer on the city’s fledgling Odd Job Music label on January 18th. Appearing under his own name marks the latest outpost on a long and winding road of musical discovery, appropriately enough for an artist whose formative years spent in Liverpool left an indelible mark. Fascinated by the region’s unique legacy, living by the Mersey heavily influenced his outlook on art and music – and it continues to do so to this day.
James then traveled east across the Pennines to Leeds to study music, attracted by the chance to sample another city with a passionate, vibrant culture and once his studies were complete, he stayed. Since then the singer’s become well-known to local audiences and beyond as one half of ENGINE, a band that started out as a bedroom psychedelic rock outfit but eventually morphed into a maverick electronic production duo.
ENGINE’s well received 2018 EP Cucumber Water brought them to the attention of promoters Odd Job, a relationship which also led to a first solo support appearance as part of a sellout event with Liverpudlian headliners The Tea Street Band in November.
James has revealed his influences are taken from the likes of Sparklehorse, George Harrison, Gene Clark, Big Star and Harry Nilsson. A languorous slice of perfect dream pop with one eye on the summer to come, Silent Observer is the first of three singles from him to be released on the Odd Job Music label in 2019 and will be available for pre-order on digital platforms from 19th January, with a full release on digital and streaming services on 25th January.
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