JAMES RAY JR: Self-titled: 12” Self-titled

Sep 20, 2017

The mumbling vocals don’t sound completely bored but rather devoid of passion or conviction. I visualize the vocalist as the dude at the dive bar with expensive whiskey, vaping and murmuring soft-spoken “thank yous” in between songs while he takes too long to switch guitars. I put this between indie zone-out and sleepy pop shoegaze. I imagine endless pedal boards and many hours of post-production plug-ins, but that’s about all. The B side picks up the pace a little bit, with a little hint of blues without committing to anything. It is pleasant adult contemporary, tame enough for a Starbucks compilation and, coincidentally, I needed coffee to get through the whole thing. –Sal Go (JamesRayJr.com.)