Jim James continues his great 2013 with a glimpse of what to expect in 2014. Check out his cover of Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low” above, which will be featured on a Valentine’s Day compilation called Sweetheart 2014 due out on February 4th.
It’s a beautiful song, and James does a really nice performance here. Compared to the original Marley version of the song, which appeared on Exodus, James’ version sounds tighter, cleaner, and more organic. Marley’s version has a real loose groove around a cow bell with heavily processed guitars. James’ version is centered around a very tight drum performance, with lots of echo on the vocals and guitar. The clean guitar is joined by acoustic piano, and what sounds like a synth driven keyboard that pushes things to a higher level toward the end. It sounds like James doubles his own voice for the vocal harmonies here. Really sweet stuff.
Here’s the original Marley version of the track:
www.sweetheartalbum.com – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” appears on Sweetheart 2014, an adventurous Valentine’s Day collection featuring Jim James, Vampire Weekend, Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, Brandi Carlisle, Beck, The Head and the Heart, Ben Harper, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Valerie June, Blake Mills, Bahamas and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Available February 4, 2014 at Starbucks.