Darrin James Aims For Indie Gold With ‘Strange Storm’
Born in Kentucky but raised in Metro Detroit, Darrin James then decided to spend his formative years in New York City. Before he returned to Michigan in 2010, Darrin spent hours honing his skills as a producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter. Now Darrin James arrives once again with a truly compelling third studio album Strange Storm. By channeling sensationally diverse influences from afrobeat, blues, jazz, funk and rock n’ roll, Darrin creates a seamless blend of nostalgic tones and innovative nuances. Strange Storm explores themes of today’s “climate” of constant violence, blatant greed, religious hypocrisy and political chaos.
Politically charged ballads like “Downdrafts Cold Fronts“, “Bombs Away”, “All Around Us” and “Covert Mission Anthem” balance well with more sultry tracks like “You Never Know” and “Still Believe In Love.” What is so intriguing about this album is Darrin’s ability to do his heroes proud, while maintaining his own individuality. You can certainly hear influences from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits throughout Strange Storm, but you never lose sense of the Darrin’s individuality.
Much like his adventurous geographical background, Darrin’s musical style thrives on a varied and eclectic artistic scope. Darrin draws on his love of blues and folk music from the deep south as well as his appreciation for soulful Motown. It’s impossible to miss the classic rock n’ roll rawness of Detroit, and the eclecticism and immediacy of Brooklyn throughout Strange Storm‘s acoustic complexity. What sets Darrin apart from his peers is his ability to maintain his personality while paying homage to the sounds that inspired him.
Constantly seeking to improve his live performance, Darrin assembled a stellar roster of Brooklyn musicians while in New York. In 2006 James released his debut album, Thrones of Gold, which earned a wealth of positive reviews in the press, as well as radio and not to mention television exposure.