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JAMES HUMPHRYS – New Single ‘Colour’ Out 15th May | ‘Memory Palace’ EP Out 10th July

May 3, 2020







Bristol based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JAMES HUMPHRYS will release his new single ‘Colour’ on 15th May, the first track to be shared from his forthcoming second EP ‘Memory Palace’, set for release on 10th July.

Loaded with thick, rhythmic, textural layers, ‘Colour’ holds the potential to brighten up the Summer. Furiously infectious indie-pop with a funk fuelled rhythm, the track comes complete with its own horn section and trumpet solo; making for a sunny and uplifting example of Humphrys’s ability to craft mature, yet playful pop full to the brim with gripping melodies.

Written at sea off the coast of Alaska whilst working as a musician on a cruise ship, ‘Colour’ came together using just a midi keyboard, one microphone and an electric guitar; later being recorded at Numen Studios upon his return. 

“Colour explores the themes and thoughts surrounding that uncomfortable feeling you get when you’re in a group and you see a close friend putting on a false persona through the colour of their words. You can see through the mask because you know them so well and you can’t understand why they do it.”

Taking influences from bands like Foals, Parcels, Bombay Bicycle Club and Real Estate, James’s music is a unique concoction of upbeat funk-filled dream pop with often surprisingly melancholic lyrics. 

‘Sun Mantra’, his 2017 debut 5-track EP, received numerous radio plays including BBC Introducing in the West and Eagle Radio, with tracks taken from it added to Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Six Strings playlist. Following the success of his next single, ‘The River’ recorded and released from his bedroom in March 2018, James sold out his first headline show at The Crofters Rights, Bristol. His next single, ‘I’m Not Your Man’ was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday UK and Hot New Bands playlists. 

James has played venues ranging from Bristol’s Thekla to the Royal Albert Hall, and supported bands including San Cisco, Shortstraw and Cassia. In addition to multiple sets with London’s Sofar Sounds, James has also joined the line-up at 2000 Trees Festival, Bristol Harbour Side Festival and Dot to Dot Festival. In 2018 James fulfilled an ambition by performing at Glastonbury Festival. 

2019 saw James expanding his horizons, securing two short-term performing contracts in the Pacific. He used the time away to concentrate on his writing and his next single ‘Lay It All Down’ featured on Spotify’s Transistor playlist.

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