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Mitch James - Single Review: Old News

10 Sep 2018 // A review by rupakelly

Coming out of the already fantastically robust music scene of Dunedin, Mitch James has released yet another single ahead of his debut album. Titled Old News the song is a heartfelt statement to one you care for, but one you have wronged and one that is leaving; a sentiment that many can relate to. James lays his thoughts open, weaving a story of duality; on one side his regrets for past lies and mistakes, on the other his deep-rooted remaining feelings.

The song covers a narrative that has been covered many a time in music and for good reason, it's a passionate story that listeners can relate to but where the magic happens in this archetypal story is how the artist can convey their particular sincerity and insights into the situation. Lyrically, James paints this picture with words of sentiment: waiting for watches to stop ticking, door keys given and leads on to a fantastic hook pleading to be released of the thoughts of this person.

In terms of production, I feel that this is a step back from his breakout track No Fixed Abode. The current climate in the singer-songwriter genre is steadily on the path of well-polished instruments and even sounding vocals, something that James avoided in the style of his first single. He could've gone for a more indie vibe on this track but instead opting for more varied instrumentation and a cleaner, more well produced sound typical of pop.

But that's not to say the track is detracted by this change of pace, the song is still a well-rounded tune with a catchy hook that touches on a shared experience with the listener in a beautiful way. Ultimately, this gives me great anticipation to hear how his journey from rock bottom to chart topper is played out.


Review written by Rupa Kelly

 

About Mitch James

In September 2018, Auckland-based Mitch James released his self-titled, debut album. One year on it is certified Gold and features 1 Platinum (21) and 3 Gold Singles (Bright Blue Skies, Old News, All the Ways to Say Goodbye) as well as 3x 1 NZ Airplay Hits. James' talent isn't just being recognised in his home country; he's also collected Gold records in Sweden (No Fixed Abode) and Australia (Bright Blue Skies) and amassed a staggering 120 million streams worldwide.

As well as opening for Ed Sheeran across 3 shows to a combined audience of 160,000 people, he has played NZ’s biggest festivals (Rhythm & Vines, Bay Dreams) and sold out headline shows in both NZ and the UK. His most recent NZ tour sold over 10,000 tickets.

In 2019 he was been nominated for 3 NZ Music Awards – Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist and Best Pop Artist. In 2018 he won MTV’s European Music Award for Best New Zealand Act.

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