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James Bay releases new single, announces London show

By | Published on Friday 9 February 2018

James Bay

James Bay is back with a new single and a new sound. ‘Wild Love’ is the first track to be released from his still to be announced second album.

“I know some of this new sound was not apparent on my first album – there were hints, perhaps – but I think my new music helps to paint a fuller picture of who I am”, says Bay of his quite dramatic and completely awful change of direction.

“As soon as I recognised I was being pinned down as ‘the intimate acoustic guitar guy’ I realised I knew I had to push myself musically” he adds. “I want it as part of my arsenal, but I don’t want that solely to define me. I’m not there yet, but hope that this new music can do for singer-songwriter, loosely, what Drake and Chance The Rapper are doing for their genre: tearing up the rule book”.

Yeah, good luck with that. Of the new single, he goes on: “‘Wild Love’ is about the experience of falling for someone. Something you can feel immediately when you meet them for the first time, or which rekindles throughout a relationship. It’s also about yearning for someone – whether that’s the person you can’t keep your eyes off across the room or, in my experience, the person you don’t stop thinking about wherever you are in the world”.

Oh, you tear up that rulebook James. Tear it right up. You’ll be able to catch him breaking all the rules live at Electric Brixton in London on 15 Mar. If you can handle it.

Listen to ‘Wild Love’ here: