Almost 3 years after the release of his debut album, ‘Chaos and the Calm’, which contained the platinum singles ‘Hold Back the River’ and ‘Let it Go’, two-time BRIT Award winner and three-time GRAMMY® nominee James Bay has announced his second album, ‘Electric Light’, which is seeing a May 18 release.
Following the release of the album’s first single, ‘Wild Love’, it became abundantly clear that Bay would be deviating from the style of his debut. “If I had to describe my first album visually it would probably be a flame,” the singer noted, “while this new album is about a real sonic and artistic evolution for me. The feeling of a 100 watt bulb expanding and brightening is what I envisioned. Electric Light came to my mind and I knew it was perfect.”
Bay has also released the album’s second single ‘Pink Lemonade’ ahead of his debut SNL performance this weekend. After the unexpected 80’s electropop influences that dominated ‘Wild Love’, this song may come as less of a shock to fans. ‘Pink Lemonade’ is a return to the blues-laced pop rock of the singer’s debut album, but with a distinctly newer and dirtier sound to it. With its gritty, chorus-laced guitars and simple yet driving drum beat, the song feels like a poptimist take on modern surf rock akin to a more upbeat track from artists like Rex Orange County, or (at a very large stretch) MGMT.
Bay co-wrote and co-produced the upcoming record with longtime friend and collaborator Jon Green in East London’s Baltic Studios, with Academy Award-winner Paul Epworth (Adele, Rihanna) adding final production elements to the album.
‘Electric Light’ is out May 18 via Republic Records. Pre-order it here.