James A.M. Downes


Brooklyn based singer-songwriter James A.M. Downes has been around since 2002, knee deep in the basements of the American north east indie/hardcore scene. You’ll still catch an earful of crassly eloquent lyrics, but all these years later James finds himself trading the fuzzed out decibels for a timbre that’s a bit more alluring and subversive.

His debut EP Prison Font reverberates with lush guitar beds and new-retro progressions that are the bedrock to lyrical narratives that teem with dark humor and humility. All these elements meld to create a listen that MAGNET writer Brian Baker playfully describes as “John Lennon-meets-Father-John-Misty at a Radiohead show”.