Singer-songwriter James Thomson has two acclaimed albums behind him – and a third, Golden Exile, in his future. It isn’t a stretch to say that the third will be acclaimed, if the first single, ‘Desire’, is an indication of what’s to come.
Thomson’s sound has elements of laidback California country rock, and he has a crooner’s inclination in the way that Gram Parsons did. This languid, atmospheric track is an ode to new love and while desire is often associated with haste, the structure of this song suggests that it’s a slow-burning – and lasting – thing, as it adds layers and builds towards the end. The unhurried nature of this song suggests an artist who doesn’t want his audience to feel that they have to rush anything either. Indeed, listening to the song on repeat enhances the experience of it and thereby rewards the listener who is prepared to pay attention.
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