"Incredible guitar playing and percussion combined with catchy tunes and lyrics with a message would be a quick description for this duo from Cape Town, South Africa. Imagine if John Butler, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper and Bono decided to start a band…that supergroup would sound a lot like Andrew James."
It is difficult to explain how a guitarist and a drummer (not even half a rock band really) can create music so deeply layered and sonically diverse. This duo can fill a festival stage or an intimate coffee shop. They have quickly earned a reputation as folk hero’s at home and they’re global audience is expanding, having recently featured on the cover of Indie Music Reviewer Magazine.
Virtuosos both (in the strict sense of the word), their capacity for creating music that compliments and augments their lyrical storytelling knows no bounds. Watching Andrew wield the acoustic guitar, lap slide and banjo, using a unique and mesmerising finger-picking technique, is an experience in itself. His relationship to his instruments, from which he can coax sounds as diverse as they are expressive, is one of obvious intimacy, even love. His voice is alternately plaintive, nostalgic, innocent and angered as he considers the consequences of our thinking and our actions in uncertain times.
James, on the other hand, can extract a beat from a feather and a shoe if it were asked of him; seated at his drums he appears as a blur of limbs and crashing steel from which infectious rhythms emanate in metronomic waves. Incorporating percussion instruments such as the cajon, darbuka and frame drum, he infuses African and Middle Eastern rhythms into their songs with hypnotic effect.
“Andrew James folky debut is filled with guitar sounds reminiscent of early Ry Cooder.”
-- Rolling Stone
Imagine if John Butler, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Harper and Bono decided to start a band…that supergroup would sound a lot like Andrew James. This entire album is filled with superb musicianship. The songs are all built for the stage where it is obvious a six minute tune can be played out much longer as the duo work their magic.
--Victor Alfieri, IMR
"Andrew James is a phenomenal lap slide guitar genius"
"Andrew James is a guitarist with the dexterity of Edward Scissorhands – it’s hard to believe he’s just one man playing one instrument."
- Portfolio Collection
"Andrew James is a monster acoustic player"
"Andrew James, the guitar wielding wonder, has the sort of effortlessly “I could be living in the woods” musical masculinity in his voice"