by Kate Suters in New Music on Saturday 12 April 2008

In the milliseconds between pressing play on the latest album from James and settling back onto your comfy bed and adjusting yourself just so, life is seemingly ordinary. Then the music begins. Just like those first milliseconds of a morning, when your eyelids are fluttering gently to the morning sun, listening to the opening track Bubbles from the album Hey Ma will make you feel like an innocent child on Christmas morning. As the first album from the recently reformed James, Hey Ma is a beautiful soundscape that weaves seamlessly through gentle melancholy and toe-tapping folk. You’ll feel like singing along, sipping a gin, grabbing your partner and dancing slowly. And playing this time and time again.