Bristol-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Humphrys unveils his new single Colour, the first to be taken from his forthcoming second EP Memory Palace. It was written at sea off the coast of Alaska while James was working as a musician on a cruise ship. He spoke with The Fountain about the single in more depth as well as what to expect from Memory Palace.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Colour?
The reception so far has been amazing. People have seemed to be enjoying it, which is great. It feels like a step up from my previous releases, so the whole project just feels bigger if you get me. Normally after a release I go out with my mates and celebrate so it has been a bit strange being cooped up inside. It’s also meant that I’ve sort of looked at the release and how it’s gone through a magnifying glass but so far great and it’s just the start!
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Colour is a thick, smack in the face of colourful alternative funk pop when the lights are off..?
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
I think I’m influenced by what ever I’m listening to at the time and often it might actually be just a specific element or moment in a song. But a few artists I admire and look to always would be Parcels and Bombay Bicycle Club. I just think they’re both superb!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, I see you have a new EP Memory Palace?
My plans are limited at the moment so I’m trying to think outside the box, which is proving tricky during a pandemic. But release wise, up next up I have one more single coming out in June and then the rest of the EP in July. In an ideal world I would be out playing shows to promote the tracks but I knew it would be like this, so it felt important to get some music out for people because I know I’ve needed music, distractions and things to look forward to more than ever at the moment.
TF: Aside from Colour, what more can we look forward to from the EP?
I’m very chuffed with the EP. There’s four tracks and Colour is number 3. I think you can look forward to an EP that is cohesive and balanced, yet each tracks feels and embodies something different when I listen anyway. It’s a collection of songs that will get you up on your feet and distract you for 15 minutes. Everyone I have played it to has had a different favourite song, which I guess is also great news?!