Jim James will release Regions of Light and Sound of God next month. The solo album was inspired by a wordless 1929 woodcut novel from Lynd Ward entitled God's Man. James states that when the protagonist falls off a cliff at the end, it helped to influence the song "A New Life", mirroring that of his own fall offstage during a 2008 concert at the University of Iowa.
"There’s a scene [in God's Man] where the main character’s like chased out of town and he falls off a cliff and is lost and kind of injured and this woman finds him and nurses him back to health and they fall in love," James tells Rolling Stone. "And they have a child together and they have this new life that’s kind of coming. That had happened to me. Like, I had fallen offstage and gotten injured and gotten super dark and fell in love and all that was happening at the same time I was loving this book. It was like I had this beautiful illustration of what was happening in my life." [via Rolling Stone]
Earlier today SXSW added to its list of bands performing at this year's festival. A few bands to get excited about among the many announced include: Diana, Local Natives, Merchandise (pictured above), RACES, Joywave, Black Lips, Vampire Weekend, Psychic Twin, PAPA, and Frightened Rabbit.
The music portion of this year's SXSW runs from March 12th-17th. For a full list of bands performing visit the official site.