My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James announced his first solo album today, Regions of Light and Sounds of God. The nine-song set is due February 5th, and according to James, the music within was intended to “sound like it came from a different place and time.” Judging from the saxophone-lined outro of first track “Know Til Now,” that place and time is a ’70s key party your parents may have awkwardly attended. But James says most of the album was influenced by a 1929 Lynd Ward graphic novel called God’s Way, where themes of artistry, temptation and true love are explored. It’s safe to say, a My Morning Jacket outtakes record this is not.
Regions of Light and Sounds of God is out February 5 on ATO Records. Stream and download “Know Til Now” below: