James Elkington Announces New Album, Out 4/3 on Paradise of Bachelors, And Shares Lead Single/Video

Chicago songwriter and guitarist James Elkington announces his new album, Ever-Roving Eye, out April 3rd on Paradise of Bachelors, alongside the video for lead single, “Nowhere Time,” and UK tour dates with Joan ShelleyEver-Roving Eye is the follow-up to his “beautiful, complex, and assured” (Pitchfork) debut, Wintres Woma, and is even more elaborate, shrewd, thoughtful, and confessional than its predecessor. Though it sounds like a line culled from a murderous Child ballad, the title has everything to do instead with the slipperiness of satisfaction, and the equal parts virtue and vice that is being your own mule and driver.

Ever-Roving Eye was meticulously planned and quickly tracked. It includes previous collaborators Nick Macri (James’ longtime bass colleague) and Macie Stewart (violin), plus new recruits Lia Kohl (cello), Spencer Tweedy (drums), The Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman (vocals), and the prolific Paul Von Mertens (Brian Wilson) on woodwinds. The album ropes in echoes of British library musics, horror-film soundtracks, demure psychedelia, and more rocking elements of folk-rock.

The album’s lead single/video, “Nowhere Time,” is a call to take up arms against procrastination, and features some of Elkington’s most daring guitar-wrangling. “A more cosmic acquaintance of mine once told me that when your life is going in the direction you want it to, it’s the universe’s way of telling you that you are in the place you’re meant to be,” Elkington says. “Does that sound likely? Not at all, but the song asks the question anyway…” The track’s accompanying video, directed by Tim Harris, features himself, Tweedy on drums, and Macri on upright bass.

Watch Video For “Nowhere Time” –


Elkington moved to the United States in the late ’90s from his native England with the intention of making himself absolutely essential to the Chicago music scene. Twenty years later he’s contributed to a staggering volume of records, shows and projects both in Chicagoland (see Jeff TweedyTortoiseEleventh Dream DayBrokeback) and far from it (see Richard ThompsonLaetitia SadierMichael ChapmanSteve GunnJoan ShelleyNap Eyes). Wintres Woma seemed to be a logical, healthy respite from assisting with the creative needs of others that would allow him to serve his own. But as satisfaction doesn’t exist in the past tense, and the present doesn’t exist, he barreled on ahead: namely with, in the midst of everything else, composing, arranging, and recording an album that could adequately only be called one thing, Ever-Roving Eye.

This spring, Elkington will join Joan Shelley for a slew of UK tour dates. On April 16th, he will celebrate his record’s release at the Hideout in Chicago. More tour dates to be announced soon.

Pre-order Ever-Roving Eye:

Paradise of Bachelors (black or green glass LP/CD) – https://bit.ly/38VHctB

Other options (LP/CD/DL/streaming/int’l) – http://smarturl.it/PoB50

Ever-Roving Eye Tracklist:

1. Nowhere Time

2. Sleeping Me Awake

3. Leopards Lay Down

4. Moon Tempering

5. Rendlesham Way

6. Late Jim’s Lament

7. Carousel

8. Go Easy On October

9. Ever-Roving Eye

10. Much Master

James Elkington Tour Dates:

Thu. April 16 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout – RECORD RELEASE SHOW

Thu. May 21 – Glasgow, UK @ Mono ^

Fri. May 22 – Newcastle, UK @ Gosforth Civic Theatre ^

Sat. May 23 – Manchester, UK @ The King’s Arms ^

Sun. May 24 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club ^

Mon. May 25 – Bristol, UK @ The Wardrobe Theatre ^

Wed. May 27 – London, UK @ Kings Place ^

Thu. May 28 – Brighton, UK @ Hope & Ruin ^

^ = w/ Joan Shelley

About RJ Frometa

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