Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

beck, pink floyd, thom yorke, the postal service, sampha, sia, james blake


band members

There is only one


Unearthed artists we like

Merpire


Website

jamesmilsom.bandcamp.com

Bio

Somewhere in the energy-fizzing collision of indie, electronic and alt-pop sits James Milsom. The Melbourne based producer, singer and songwriter has been gathering steam under different guises since the mid-noughties. He deals in carefully crafted, lyrically driven songs, floating with dreamy synthesizers, thoughtful measures of guitar and a delicious combo of acoustic and electronic drum sounds. Pitting string quartets against vintage synths, Milsom’s take on indie pop music is out there on its own.

‘Impossible Future’ is Milsom’s most ambitious work yet, sourcing electronic samples from the far reaches of the globe (and the Fitzroy Library) and organic sounds, with some insanely talented local artists featuring, including Xani Kolac’s strings (Xani, The Twoks) and Mark Leahy on drums (The Twoks). The record was engineered and mixed by hip hop heavyweight Phil Threlfall (360, Bliss n Eso, Seth Sentry, Owl Eyes).

“I love how Impossible Future has turned out. I spend a lot of time in my own head, and with this album I decided to take it all out, throw it on the table, and see what some amazing people could do with it. The beautiful little variations that Xani, Mark and Nate were putting into the part i’d written… just so bloody great.”

James Milsom’s impressive musical debut was in the late noughties with Ancient Free Gardeners, with several releases including one full length (In Consciousness and Out) and a solid local following peppered with some national touring. Taking his act to Alice Springs for a few years, Milsom released a further LP (self titled) under ‘Jamesy Ohhh’, adopting a nickname given to him by some of the locals he worked closely with while in the red centre.

Milsom’s writing and production has been lucky enough to receive comparisons with some of those most seen spinning on his own turntable and as diverse as Beck, Bon Iver, James Blake, Augie March, Pink Floyd and Tame Impala.

Milsom’s lyrics gravitate around his personal and professional lives, with themes of mental illness, unfaltering belief and social disadvantage consistently sneaking through. With a history working as a criminal lawyer in the courts of Melbourne and Alice Springs, Milsom now works solely as an composer and producer, composing music and producing work for a whole bunch of clients. You’ve probably even heard of some of them.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

16 Apr 2018

Triple J
30

For me this channels Bowie and that gurgling motif from A Clockwork Orange. Which is to say it's got this old school drama feel that doesn't feel forced.

For me this channels Bowie and that gurgling motif from A Clockwork Orange. Which is to say it's got this old school drama feel that doesn't feel forced.

Review

Review by Max Quinn Max Quinn

14 Mar 2018

Triple J
35

comes across as really smart, without being overcooked. Medium rare. Well done.

comes across as really smart, without being overcooked. Medium rare. Well done.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

01 Mar 2018

Triple J
35

Lilting vocal and dynamic production makes for pleasant experience here!

Lilting vocal and dynamic production makes for pleasant experience here!