Gracefully navigating the line between folk, Americana and adult pop, UK born Anglo/American singer-songwriter James Riley released his stunning new single ‘New York Minute’. Taken from his forthcoming debut album ‘Transatlanctica’, that will be out later this year. Premiered on Folk Radio, the single is accompanied by a cinematic self-directed video, filmed on location in New York City.
‘New York Minute’ features a driving percussive back beat and insistent melody, contained in Riley’s expressive and soulful vocals. He says of the track: “It’s a song about possibility and inspiration. New York is a place that lives and breathes its own myth, and I could feel that very viscerally when I first moved to America… there’s an uncanny, almost dreamlike feeling about that city, which I was trying to capture in the song”.
The album, Transatlantica, was recorded in Nashville after Riley made an impulsive decision to leave London for the song-writing mecca and a two week trip turned into two years. In that time he scraped together a living doing odd jobs from cycle courier to cinema usher (in the movie theatre where Margo Pricehad worked before him), window salesman to club doorman, as well as gigging wherever he could. Eventually, he met Grammy Award winning producerMatthew Odmark with whom he co-produced the album.