Los Angeles-based James Combs has set himself the ambitious project of releasing a series of bi-monthly double singles with his long-time collaborators Matt Hergert (drums) and the multi-instrumentalist John Would, who also takes on production responsibilities. We’re pleased to share the video premiere of the first of these releases, ‘Strange Signs’, which is partnered with ‘Circle Days’. These are both very much songs for our strange times. ‘Strange Signs’ is inspired by protest marches and the Black Lives Matter movement, following the song’s narrator through the turmoil and emotions of a day lived in challenging circumstances. Harmonies are provided by Combs’ sister and long-time collaborator April Mann, bringing texture and freshness to a sweet vocal melody, their voices combining effortlessly over a strong rhythm and energetic guitar.
Over the years, Combs has shared a stage with the likes of Jackson Brown and Marianne Faithful, toured around the USA and Europe and released a number of well-received albums. His music has been heard in many TV shows, including True Blood and Six Feet Under. More recently, he’s been a founder member of Great Willow, with whom he will release a new EP in May 2021, and he has collaborated with the highly-regarded I See Hawks in LA. Indeed, James Combs is a busy man with plenty to say. Check this out.