James Bay has returned with ‘Wild Love’, and it’s a world away from the guitar driven sound that largely characterised his debut record.
Instead, the first single to be taken from his forthcoming second album sees Bay opting for warped synths and subtle guitar lines.
“I wanna give you wild love”, Bay croons on the futuristic track. “The kind that never slows down.”
After his debut album The Chaos & The Calm became the biggest-selling debut of 2015, Bay previously admitted that the sound of his second record was influenced by listening to Lorde and Frank Ocean.
“It definitely takes it to a new place. I’ve got a new look, a new sound. I just fancied a new chapter. There are moments on the album that sort of ‘bridge’ from ‘The Chaos And The Calm’ to the new album, but the best way I could put it is that I’ve been listening to other stuff. I got deep into Frank Ocean, LCD Soundsystem, Chance The Rapper, a load of David Bowie, Lorde”, he told NME last year.
“All of these sounds that don’t really relate to the first album but hugely relate to this album. I’m really excited for people to hear that and some familiar moments too.”
To celebrate #WildLove I’m so happy to be announcing my first tour dates of the year in March & April! Pre-sale starts Wed 14th Feb. Sign up here to get first access: https://t.co/w4VTy1ABIW pic.twitter.com/XYdKzt7V00
— James Bay (@JamesBayMusic) February 8, 2018
He’s also marking his return with show at London’s Brixton Electric on March 15, before following it with a full tour of the US & Canada. A pre-sale starts on Wednesday February 14th.