JAMES DEANE announces debut album
‘Diamonds & Hearts’
Out January 16th 2012 on Denzil Records
The name rings a bell doesn’t it? No, this isn’t a misunderstood teenager without a cause, rather a talented musician armed with a guitar, a few hundred songs and melodies that will make you melt.
Influenced by the honest song craft of Neil Young, John Martyn and Jackson Browne, James’ musical appeal spans generations. From the shimmering, Tom Petty-esque opener and title track “Diamonds & Hearts”, through the confessional closer “Strange Emotion”, James somehow covers all the bases. Heartened harmonies, characteristic country riffs and encouraging lyrics span both soulful ballads and rock ‘n’ roll beats.
Talking about the album, Deane says:
"The album was recorded in London with Andy Ramsay who was a member of the hugely influential band Stereolab. Andy's studio is crammed with rare vintage guitars, amps, synths and drums and we had a great time at the sessions. The 12 tracks were recorded mostly live and we decided to use an upright bass in place of the usual electric bass and French horn where a string section would usually be used. I think this approach gives the album a unique sound, it's heartwarming yet raw."
So forget that film star guy. Oh, you already had.