Rising singer-songwriter James Lee has simply launched his second EP, CASTLES. With the EP, Lee continues his journey of therapeutic and explores themes of heartbreak, goodbyes, and letting go. Lee launched the EP on July 31, 2020, and he got here up with ingenious methods to assist followers really feel concerned in his music journey.
‘CASTLES’ is a ‘milestone’ in James Lee’s profession
Following his 2018 EP The Light and a collection of profitable singles, CASTLES demonstrates Lee’s progress as a solo artist.
“CASTLES is a milestone in my profession that expresses the expansion I’ve had as a author and a producer. When I wrote The Light EP, I relied on the assistance from some implausible producers, however for CASTLES I trusted myself,” Lee stated by way of a press launch. “Even though it was based on the thought of sand castles washing away, I still find myself reflecting on the process and journey of creating rather than sulking over what’s lost. I’ve become a realistic optimist.”
While the album offers with unhappy topic issues, Lee hopes followers will take heed to CASTLES and study to understand each second in life.
“I hope those who take heed to CASTLES will hear every part, from the small print in each single association alternative, to the way in which the phrases are expressed in every tune. I made a decision to lean into the music I grew up loving a lot,” he stated. “Though the tone of the album is emotional and sad, the greater takeaway for people is to appreciate the moments we have because nothing lasts forever.”
The EP consists of seven songs
Even although it’s not a full-length album, CASTLES manages to have one thing for everyone as a mix of acoustic-pop/rock and EDM. The EP options seven songs: “Bad Day,” Over Us,” “Erase,” “Liar,” “Castles,” “Adrenaline,” and “Over Us.”
Before branching out as a solo singer-songwriter, Lee was a bassist within the Korean-rock band Royal Pirates. An accident injured Lee’s left hand, leaving him unable to play the instrument, and Lee has spent the previous few years making a reputation for himself.
He has collaborated with Sooyoung Choi of Girls Generation, Kevin Woo, Jason Zhang, and former f(x) singer Amber Liu. Most spectacular, Lee has constructed a loyal following of his personal with 42,000 month-to-month Spotify listeners and a world social media attain of practically 300,000.
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Back in May 2020, Showbiz Cheat Sheet spoke with Lee about his tune “Alright” and the start phases of CASTLES. During the interview, Lee described how his focus as an artist has shifted to songwriting.
“This is kind of like the transition of me making, pouring my heart and my soul into the lyrics versus pouring my heart and soul into the arrangement,” he advised Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
James Lee got here up with a option to embody followers within the EP’s launch
Over the previous few months, Lee has given followers various kinds of content material by way of his Patreon. When we final spoke to Lee, he was brainstorming other ways to thank followers for his or her assist understanding he can be releasing an EP quickly.
“Without the fans, like, my career is just non-existent,” he stated. “So it’s like, OK, what can I do to make it special for them?”
Ultimately, Lee determined to present members of his Patreon the possibility to be included in his new music in two other ways. Through completely different affords, followers can have their identify included within the credit of his upcoming music video for “Liar” and the bodily copy of the CASTLES EP.
In doing so, Lee not solely gave followers consolation by way of his emotive new EP, however he additionally discovered a option to make his followers a part of CASTLES.