“Bell” is the latest single from James Levy’s album Somebody, which will be released on September 13, 2019 by Innit Recordings/The Orchard (tracklisting below). The single was produced by Paul Defiglia (Avett Brothers) and recorded in Nashville. Levy and his band will perform songs from the new album at a record release party atThe Basement in Nashville on Oct 3.
Previous single, “NYC (feat. Mickey Raphael),” debuted on Wide Open Country and was named by Rolling Stone Country as “one of the 10 Best Country and Americana Songs To Hear Now.” Levy also released “Tootie (which premiered on The Boot) from the record, as well as “What Do I Know” and “Songs of Love.”
Levy worked with Julian Casablancas, Coldplay and Tim Wheeler of Ash on his last two records. He wrote songs with Zoe Kravitz, Jordan Lane Price, Zuri Marley, The Pierces and currently, is working in Nashville writing with multiple artists. His next EP is being produced by Richard Gottehrer. Levy’s collaborations with Charles Bradley on “Lucifer” and “Lonely as You Are” are out now and has received critical acclaim.
Glide is thrilled to premiere both the song and video for “Bell” (below) from Levy, a song of stunning simplicity and incisive songwriting. With a unique voice bent on indie rock’ raw noir, Levy carves a unique place alongside John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists.
“It takes years to figure out who you really are, and a lot of luck. It takes years to realize you never knew yourself at all to begin with, and a lot of luck,” says Levy about “Bell.”
“To know you are on the right track, even if the track is a one way train to desolation,” he adds. “As the ego strips away, as self-doubt consumes you, as your body image deteriorates, maybe take it as a gift to feel such things. To know that you’re just not good enough, that the only answer is that there isn’t one. To climb out of the well only to fall into the ocean. Where dreams become nightmares, and nightmares become ok. There’s no guide book to show you how to properly lose your best friend. There’s no guide book to show you the exact words in the exact circumstances to minimize hurt. You can move forward, you can forgive yourself, you can live in fear with hope and belief that the small moments of joy are enough. Maybe that’s the point if there is one. The darker it is, the easier it is to see the light.”