New single “The Lost, The Vain” is pointed commentary on vanity and class. Hear it via Interview Magazine, see it via SF Weekly.
Andrew St James as photographed by Peter Ellenby
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“The Lost, The Vain” is the latest single and video by Andrew St James
“This kid is headed for big things.” – USA Today
“He possesses remarkable lyricism and self-awareness.” – Interview
“Class is deceiving when it comes to understanding people,” Andrew St James says of “The Lost, The Vain,” the latest single from his upcoming debut album Doldrums. Incorporating a beyond-his-years lyrical vision with a unique gift for melody-making, the 18-year-old musician from the fog-enshrouded misty hills of San Francisco’s Twin Peaks lands firmly in the alt-folk world, but displays a real knack for timeless songwriting.
“The Lost, The Vain,” recently premiered via Interview Magazine, is, as St James explains, “a comment on vanity, and more specifically that it won’t matter what your bank statement said when you’re six feet under. It’s a lyrically heavy song, so for the video, we didn’t want to distract from it with a narrative or too much production,” he says of the Aaron Eisenberg-directed clip for the song, streaming now via hometown tabloid SF Weekly. The simplicity of the video is moving, with St James seen performing the song in a redwood grove in Nicasio, California, contrasted with some of the more upscale areas of Pacific Heights.
The scenes play directly into the song’s references to the rich and famous and whether or not there is any personal fulfillment to be gained from those lifestyles. The video also highlights the subtle psychedelic undertones of the songs, as well, with the sparse lighting in the trees providing a backdrop for some post-production tricks. Produced by St James himself along with veteran Bay Area producer Jim Greer (a platinum record recipient for his work with Foster The People), Doldrums will be released on September 24th via the Island Jar / Fortune label.
Andrew St James
(Island Jar/Fortune – Sept. 24th, 2013)
02. Maybe It’s Time For Me To Go
5. A Prayer For East Oakland
6. No Hurry (Subterfuge)
7. Nightmares Pt. 5
8. East of Eden
9. I’m All About You
11. Before The Flood
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