After standard train delays, I arrived at Webster Hall 45 minutes late and missed all of Canadian ‘doom soul’ artist (and recent Juno award nominee) Cold Specks’ opening set. From what I gather, she killed it.
Jim James and his touring cohorts took the stage with atmospheric Middle Eastern sounds ringing in the air. With a bow from the big name on the marquee, a spectacular set comprised of James’ solo debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God, began under the restrained kinetic energy of “State of the Art.” The song deals with our growing disconnect as modern technologies foster the illusion of unity. James speaks of “a life worth living” divorced from a sea of restless faces buried in screens, logging their every journey outside the house on Foursquare and projecting images of a high quality existence. …MORE