Jaymes Young has just dropped “Habits Of My Heart”, a remake of “Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois” from Sufjan Steven’s 2005 album, Illinois.
The original is a beautiful piano- and flute-laden song that lasts for two minutes. A short and sweet track, with some stunning folk harmonies thrown in. Jaymes recycles the piano introduction from Sufjan, and transforms the classical melody to a smoother R&B, electro-pop and jazzy sound with original lyrics and an electric guitar.
The Seattle-born singer, songwriter, and producer is fairly new to the scene. After releasing his debut EP, Dark Star, in September last year, he toured with London Grammar, and is now signed to Atlantic Records. He’s also gearing up for a studio album release this year. Not bad Jaymes!
It’s hard to know what to expect from the 23-year old. Influenced by Seattle grunge rock like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains growing up, he also cites Coldplay, Maroon 5 and Death Cab For Cutie among his favourites.
“I’m kind of obsessed with multiple different writing styles – I like country music, I like hip-hop, classical, jazz, blues. You might catch me listening to Lana Del Rey one day and Luciano Pavarotti the next day” he said, in an interview with Pigeons & Planes.
His upcoming album is likely to reflect this potpourri of influences, but if “Habits Of My Heart” is any indication, we can expect him to really make it his own. Have a listen to the track below.
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, US.
Latest EP: Dark Star, released 9 September 2013.
Sounds like: Lincoln Jesser, The Kite String Tangle, and Jakubi.
Say what? In an interview with The Music Ninja last year, he said he would dress up as a “fucking gummy worm” for Halloween. Wonder if he pulled it off!
Ciao ciao, Arianna