My Morning Jacket's Jim James to release solo album in 2013

Jim James, the frontman of the folk-rock group My Morning Jacket, has announced his first full-length solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. The record will be released on Feb. 5, 2013, by ATO Records.

“I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time. Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any sense—like a hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good old days of just being a simple robot,” James said in a press release. The record was inspired by Lynd Ward’s 1929 wood-engraving graphic novel God’s Man, which “chronicles an artist’s struggles with temptation and corruption, along with finding true love.” James adds: “Some of the things happening in the book were happening to me in real life, in a very strange and painful, then a very beautiful way.”

This isn’t Jame’s first foray away from the My Morning Jacket crew. In 2009 he released a solo EP as Yim Yames, and that year he also released Monsters of Folk, a collaboration with M. Ward and Conor Oberst. But on Regions of Light, he played every instrument and engineered the project himself.

The first single, “Know Til Now,” is available now, and from the sound of it, James is channeling Wayne Coyne and venturing back into the spacey, experimental territory he covered on Z, My Morning Jacket’s wonderfully off-kilter 2005 LP. Watch the video below.

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