Published Apr 17, 2018A little over a year removed from sharing his sophomore Eternally Even, Jim James has revealed plans to go it alone once more for a third solo LP.
Titled Uniform Distortion, the My Morning Jacket frontman's new album runs 11 tracks in length and will arrive June 29 through ATO.
Uniform Distortion was produced by James and Kevin Ratterman at Louisville, KY's La La Land studio. All 11 tracks were written by James, who is backed on the record by bassist Seth Kauffman, drummer Dave Givan, and backing vocalists Leslie Stevens (Dear Lemon Trees), Jamie Drake and Kathleen Grace.
The album's cover art is a photograph from Duane Michals that was published in American counterculture magazine Whole Earth Catalog in the 1970s. After finding a copy of the publication in a thrift store, James wrote Michals a letter that outlined the record's mission statement in hopes of using the photo on the cover.
You can find James' complete letter below, along with a taste of what's to come from Uniform Distortion with "Just a Fool," which has arrived via a new video.
hello duane- your piece "the illuminated man" was used in "the last whole earth catalogue" in 1971. i wasnt even born yet. i was born in 1978...but i found my copy of "the last whole earth catalogue" about 6 months ago in a thrift store and it blew my mind. i have been feeling increasingly overwhelmed by the speed of technology and its place in our lives and here was this beautiful book/catalogue from the past showing me me all these beautiful things and amazing images to help one learn different ways to look at the world... or "get off the grid?" funny they had no idea back then just how crazy "the grid" would get. or did they?
so i am trying to put down my phone... use the computer and social media less... and just focus on real life and the people i love and my art. of course i am not fully "off the grid" because i am sending you this email in hopes of you changing your mind about letting me use your image as it appeared in "the last whole earth catalogue" in 1971 because when i saw it on the page there it spoke to me so deeply of how my head feels like it is exploding with the amount of information we are forced to consume on a daily basis and how that information is so DISTORTED there is almost no longer any tangible truth. the name of my new record is "UNIFORM DISTORTION" because i feel like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our "news" and important information...and more and more of us are feeling lost and looking for new ways out of this distortion and back to the truth...and finding hope in places like the desert where i write this email to you now...finding hope in the land and in the water and in old books offering new ideas and most importantly in each other and love. i feel like there was a reason i found "the last whole earth catalogue" and there was a reason your art spoke to me... and i really think it would speak to others who would see it exploding out at them illuminating from the record store shelf or the glow of their phone or computer screen and feel its organic mind blowing distortion connect with this new music.
i also like the natural "distortion" that time and the pulp of the paper meeting the ink from "the last whole earth catalogue" add to your original image and that is why i am asking your permission to use this "distorted" version of your original beautiful image.
i hope you are well and thanks for listening-
1. Just A Fool
2. You Get To Rome
3. Out Of Time
5. No Secrets
6. Yes To Everything
7. No Use Waiting
8. All In Your Head
9. Better Late Than Never
10. Over and Over
11. Too Good To Be True