Unreal is a departure from the shuffling, lilting, acoustic sounds of Western Transport. It’s an expanded sonic pallet, a studio-as-instrument album where the tired line between synthetic and organic is washed out.These songs are adventures in slow groove, soapbox vocals, nightclub vibes. Genres shift over the album’s nine songs, navigated by a patient vocal delivery, the consistently vivid production, the calm specificity of the lyrics. Unreal oscillates between maximal and minimal. Choral layers of harmonies and synths give way to sparse moments of fingerpicking focus. James Irwin is a songwriter putting on hats. He tells fictions, narrates each song’s imaginary landscape from a different perspective.
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