James Cooper | Second Season (UK Edition)

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Second Season (UK Edition)

by James Cooper

Acoustic Folk/Pop
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Everything To Everyone
3:36 album only
2. Love In London
3:56 album only
3. Dream Trader
4:00 album only
4. When The Wall Came Down
5:43 album only
5. Sammy
5:00 album only
6. Christine
3:47 album only
7. Dry Reaching For Grace
2:54 album only
8. Save Me From Love
5:49 album only
9. Couch In Montmatre
3:35 album only
10. Really Miss You
2:50 album only
11. Never Know Why (Bonus)
3:11 album only


Album Notes
The Lowdown…
After 2 years touring throughout Europe & the UK as a singer-songwriter in his own rightand a session musician with Universal Music UK/Netherlands, James returns to home turf launching his debut solo album 'Second Season'. Having just co-written 'Beautiful As You' for the Whitlams's "Little Cloud" album, James releases eleven of his own finely crafted pop/rock gems this August. With the single 'Love in London' receiving rave reviews around
the globe and having already released the album in the US, UK, Ireland, Sweden and Japan, the Australian launch is a show not to miss!

Sydney born, 25-year-old James Cooper is a guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter. Cooper’s captivating songwriting and intimate vocal style has led to much success already and comparisons to the likes of Matthew Sweet, Ryan Adams and a young Paul Kelly. His musical inspirations include Calexico, Bob Dylan, Josh Ritter, Richard Hawley, The Waifs, Midnight Oil, John Lennon, The Finn Bros, Laura Cantrell and Ryan Adams.

The Line-Up…
James will be playing the Australian east coast with his new 5-piece band which includes the album's co-producer Michael Carpenter (78saab, Youthgroup, The City Lights) on Lead Guitar, and Rob MacDowell (Graham Coxon band UK) on Keys.

The Record Deals…
Having just signed to Littoral Records Australia, life is busy! Cooper relocated to the UK late in 2004 the day after supporting Tim Freedman at Newtown's Vanguard. He flew to London with a Maton acoustic guitar, a cherry red Epiphone SG that he bought for £150 second hand in Leeds, a month’s rent, and a finished master of his self-funded debut album “Second Season”. Playing both the guitar and piano on the recording, Cooper wrote the majority of the album in a small town in South France called Sarlat on a previous European adventure. It was during this time, a six week hiatus from London, that songs such as “Beautiful As You”, “Couch In Montmatre”, “Save Me From Love” and “Dry Reaching For Grace” came into being. Oddly enough as Cooper arrived in London he was signed up by US independent label Paisley Pop Records based in Portland, Oregon. The record garnered many favourable reviews and is currently on its second pressing in North America. Soon after, Japanese label Wizzard In Vinyl tracked James down in London and signed up
the album. To create a special incentive for Japanese fans, Cooper flew back to Australia in September 2005 to work again with “Second Season” co-producer Michael Carpenter on two bonus tracks. The Japanese release features special packaging and additional artwork not featured on the US or Australian releases. Other fantastic opportunities followed, including playing the world famous Ronnie Scott's club, once again supporting Tim Freedman and the UK Launch of “Second Season” at the prestigious “Troubadour Club” in London (the venue where the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell played in the sixties), a super live performance on Irish FM radio and the release of
“Second Season” in yet another territory – this time Sweden!

Now for the first time fans will have the chance to buy the Australian edition of “Second Season” with special Australian Artwork and new photos. The album is due for release in Australia on August 12 and you can catch James live on his east coast tour. This is all thanks to Littoral Records who signed the album earlier this year. After touring abroad, James is thrilled to be releasing the album and playing shows to a home crowd.

The Touring…
An artist with a strong work ethic, in just under two years in the UK, Cooper has played key London venues solo and with his 3-piece UK band ‘The Protectors’ including Ronnie Scott’s, The Barfly, The Spitz, 12 Bar Club, Hope & Anchor, Dingwall’s and The Troubadour. He’s also been touring and working as musical director and guitarist alongside new Universal
Netherlands signing, Dublin-born folk singer Amy Kelly, whose album (produced by Keane’s Andy Green) has been released in Holland to high acclaim.

The Art School Dropout...?
Well not quite. As if music doesn't keep him busy enough, Cooper is a visual artist too. He has recently designed the record sleeve for none other than Sir Paul McCartney's new single “Fine Line” (Parlophone), worked on the album art for Macca’s latest offering, and created the sleeve design for EMI UK's current David Bowie Platinum Collection through Stylorouge, London.

The Synopsis...
Cooper’s passionate song-craft sees him balladeering on acoustic guitar, vibing up the room with up-tempo acoustic folk/pop, and changing tone colours altogether once he sits behind the piano. Cooper has the talent to pull out the catchy pop hit, the story-telling folk song, or the melting piano ballad. Don’t miss the chance to see him perform in Sydney and Melbourne!




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Rough Trade Shops London

exquisitely written and expertly produced alt. country / folk pop
exquisitely written and expertly produced alt. country / folk pop songs. sure to be a success this young man combines the best bits of absentee or british sea power with the intimacy of singer songwriters like jeff tweedy or bright eyes

Small Fish Record Store, London

it wouldn't surprise me if we heard a lot more from James in the near future
Local talent James Cooper releases his impressively-produced, nicely-priced debut album. With the current vogue for singer/songwriters in this vein, it wouldn't surprise me if we heard a lot more from James in the near future. Hell, James Blunt made it with a lot less talent than this guy. I'd happily put a fiver on one of his songs appearing on a future episode of The OC, you mark my words!


Good first time - great 10th time...
Sent this as a gift to a friend... got a very excited call saying how much she enjoyed it at first listening - we have since agreed that this lot of songs also stands up to many more listenings.
Intelligent, real and fun music - please write more and keep developing your ability!

Popism Radio

"...The Songs are so damn catchy..."
Second Season [2005]

This one came pretty much out of the blue, but it did get me just as sky-high.
Some reviews might mislead you to believe that it’s just another one in the line of countless power-pop wannabees, but it just has to be heard to be believed that, even though it really is another B-bands inspired guy delivering his own vision of the heard-it-all-before, the songs are so damn catchy that you won’t mind getting back to them for the second, third, fourth and whoknowswhichever season again and again.

The opening Everything To Everyone is not the one to assure you of all the above, though it does serve as a good warm up, with it’s power-pop-through-’70s’ Stones-rawk-out, before you get all hooked on the full-blown pop perfection of Love In London.

When The Wall Came Down is a moderndaze take on a late ‘60s Beatlish balladery by way of the Scottish soulmates, The Diggers, and on Sammy, he gets as Brill Building serious as possible, transcribing the best of Bacharach, Randy Newman or Carole King, as it might’ve been done by Costello.

Save Me From Love takes it back to the Beatlisms again, sounding kinda like a more eclectic Oasis, the pair of Beautiful As You and Couch In Montmatre add a touch of light country-ish Americana, while Christine might be considered an upgraded power-pop companion to the opening tune, with an additional cool Britsikey middle eight.

In spite of all this, if the world doesn’t happen to share my enthusiasm for James Cooper, there’s always his other craft he might turn to, which is sleeve-designing, with a couple of customers already under his belt that you might know, such as Paul McCartney or David Bowie ...

Bruce Brodeen, Not Lame Records, USA

"...Extremely highly recommended..."
Grade ‘A+’ status ... just embrace & enjoy
with the simple pleasure provided by an
artist knowing what he’s capable of