Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


Influences

Love, Robbie Basho, Tyrannosaurus Rex, These Trails, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Ali Akbar Khan, Elliott Smith, Cass McCombs, Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens


Unearthed artists we like

Julia Jacklin, Angharad Drake


Website

www.jamesteague.com

Bio

James Teague is a Perth-born poet and singer-songwriter who is undeniably unique from other artists in the Australian music scene, existing in a world of his own. Inspired by literary figures such as Dylan Thomas, Hermann Hesse and Edgar Allen Poe, James writes songs that capture the existential angst with which the human soul is forever bound. His music is as complex as the self; one moment whimsical and dreamy, with shades of 60s psychedelia and 70s progressive folk – the next, wrought with mortal gloom and adorned with hints of jazz and howling blues. It’s difficult to describe Teague’s style, but it usually consists of unpredictable melodies that stray, intricate, dynamic arrangements and a soaring, vocal tremolo.

Following the successful release of his debut album ‘Lavender Prayers’, James relocated to Melbourne and teamed up with acclaimed producer and multi-instrumentalist Tony Dupé (Grand Salvo, Jack Ladder, Holly Throsby) to create his second album ‘Beyond the Melting Dawn’; a vast, sonic wonderland of vivid textures and secret ruminations, mirroring the duality of day and night - the light and dark within. Sprawling over 50mins, it features some of Teague’s finest vocal and instrumental arrangements, acting as the perfect backdrop for his lyrical incantations.

Review

Rosie Beaton

23 Jan 2013

Triple J
40

love the banjo - what a wonderful unusual tone to your voice James

love the banjo - what a wonderful unusual tone to your voice James

Review

Reviewed by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

01 Aug 2012

Triple J
50

This is so great. You've got a bit of Devendra Banhart warble going on, but you make it your own. The delicacy of your voice and that perfectly plucked banjo just makes this work so well.

This is so great. You've got a bit of Devendra Banhart warble going on, but you make it your own. The delicacy of your voice and that perfectly plucked banjo just makes this work so well.

Review

Reviewed by Steph Hughes Steph Hughes

14 Aug 2012

Triple J
40

Saw you play in Melbo! And had this tune stuck in my noggin for a long time since. There's a nod to Devendra's voice quavers (in very much your own Perthy way), and a really great ear for classic folk melody in your work. Was a pretty big pleasure to get to hear all those harmonies you've worked out and the instrumentation. Im a sucker for a three part. Cheers James.

Saw you play in Melbo! And had this tune stuck in my noggin for a long time since. There's a nod to Devendra's voice quavers (in very much your own Perthy way), and a really great ear for classic folk melody in your work. Was a pretty big pleasure to get to hear all those harmonies you've worked out and the instrumentation. Im a sucker for a three part. Cheers James.