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Sound Searching: Andrew St James

Photo: Peter Ellenby
Photo: Peter Ellenby
Photo: Peter Ellenby

Emerging from the mist.

At just 18-years-old, Andrew St James is a singer-songwriter whose single just premiered on USA Today and that’s quite remarkable.

“I am inspired by the odd characters that I call my acquaintances,” St James says of the colorful cast that inhabits the songs on his debut album Doldrums, set for release on September 24th. Hip street folk, Irish immigrants and Mission hipsters star in songs that exist as soundtracks to hard-lived lives. They are tunes that speak with a frank realism and dark sense of humor to kids of St James’s age that are living in a mixed-up world.”

Just with that statement alone, you can tell that he is far beyond his years. He is a deep boy. Now for more about the song you’re about to hear: “Despite its light qualities, ‘Cassidy’ is a dark song,” he says of the album’s first single, a tune that lives on the fringes of heartbreak. “At the time I wrote it, a former lover of mine had returned to my city. I still loved her, but it was soon evident that she had no intention of seeing me.” Of Doldrums, St James says that “This album is about growing up,” and adds humorously, “Granted, growing up for me consisted of rancid partying, rich girlfriends, and strange mission coffee shop poetry readings.”

Produced by St James along with veteran Bay Area producer Jim Greer (a platinum record recipient for his work with Foster The People), Andrew St James’s debut album Doldrums will be available this Fall.


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Written by Richardine Bartee

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