Published May 13, 2011Things have been pretty busy within the My Morning Jacket camp of late, what with their new album, Circuital, about to drop and a lengthy tour slated for a late May launch, but it turns out band leader Jim James still has plenty of time left in his day planner. The singer recently revealed that he's nearly done his proper solo debut.
An interview by the A.V. Club with the artist has revealed that he's "80 percent done" the disc. While he was scant on details, James admitted the as-yet-untitled collection stretches his creative vision. That being said, it's not going to be a drastic departure from his psychedelic, country-inflected work with My Morning Jacket.
"I think it's pretty different, but there's obviously similarities, just because it's my voice," James told A.V. Club.
Though he exclaimed that "We could probably play any of those songs with My Morning Jacket," another side of him felt he needed to keep the tracks for himself. "Some of the songs have a genetic code or something. They tell me they want to be on a solo record."
James added that the solo set is "a comfortably lounging around the house thing... Doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I just love playing all sorts of different instruments, so I just wanted to be able to do that, and mess around with whatever I wanted to."
Considering he hasn't quite finished the album, and he'll be spending the next little while out on the road with his My Morning Jacket buddies, a release date for James's solo album has yet to be revealed. He does hope it pops up sometime next year.
James had previously issued a set of George Harrison covers on his own under the name Yim Yames.
My Morning Jacket's Circuital is out May 31 via ATO Records.