The grittiness of yesteryear’s garage rock production.
“Stephie James resurrects the heart-stirring soul of her legacy artists that span the roots gamut.”
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With each passing year, the city of Detroit’s once wearily languid posture manages to right itself. The forgotten neighborhoods, once filled with the promise of the American Dream, are now beginning to bustle with an energy not seen in decades. And just like the city itself, built on the hard work and resilience of the working class, its music lives on.
In walks Stephie James - like a smoky, dimly lit back-alley bar, the one that’s the best kept secret in town, her music stands as a sultry embodiment of the past, but also as a bracing reflection of the current culture. Embracing the grittiness of yesteryear’s garage rock productions and also the bittersweet timelessness of Roy Orbison, this is unmistakably the music of countless romantic fantasies and of widescreen Lynchian sensibility. Without compromising an ounce of style, Stephie James has managed to not only craft an EP of beautiful, heart-on-its-sleeve classic melodies, but also imbue her music with the same sense of mystery and intrigue that makes the best Henry Mancini score somehow elevated and torrid.