Listening to his music, it seems to make complete sense that James Riley is Anglo-American.
Born to an American mother and English father, a similar cross-pollination is present in his music with a dozen genres alighted upon, sampled and tossed aside at various points, often within the same song.
Often though, he returns to that familiar, uplifting folksy-style that seems to serve as his natural home.
The first ‘New York Minute’ showcases that lilting, inimitable vocal as it soars and echoes across the track, conjouring some pretty vivid imagery that many more seasoned writers are incapable of producing.
The video is worth a watch two, capturing the everyday city in brilliant fashion.
While it acts as an ode to the eponymous city, Riley spent two years in Nashville recording forthcoming album ‘Transatlantica’, and has already performed at Glastonbury and Wilderness.
He definitely won’t be to everyone’s taste, but he knows how to write a catchy song and if this is an early effort you can guarantee he’ll be around a long time.