Having specialised in audio forensics at university, James' understanding of sound is inherently scientific. His experience in analysing sound as criminal evidence, something which may sound worlds away from the method behind writing an album, has proved to have the perfect formula. James is clever; there’s no doubting that, and no avoiding it either. Yet there’s something extremely grounded about A Change In State. Coming to life at the same time as James’ first child – at a time when he had actually intended to take a break from writing – A Change In State seems as though it came completely naturally; something that, whether aware or not, was bubbling up in James’ head.
Seamlessly blending electro and folk, James makes no apologies for his erratic influences. There are tracks that take everything James loves, and everything he knows. From the pulsing danceability of A Careless Anon, to the guitar-led folk serenity of Hot Damn, A Change In State almost feels like a journey through James’ influences and experiences.