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NEWS: James share second single from forthcoming album

Manchester icons James have released the second single from their forthcoming album Yummy, which is due for release on 12th April by Virgin Music. The single follows the euphoric ‘Is This Love’, which welcomed the new era of James upon its release back in January.

Titled ‘Our World’, the lively track holds onto the optimism that humanity could one day come together as a global family to “share, not spoil” the planet. Commencing with a cheerful whistle, it’s uplifting from start to finish and destined to be a crowd pleaser at future live shows – particularly when you take into account its singalong element. Though synth-heavy, it bursts with a rich array of instruments, with Mark Hunter’s keyboard taking centre stage. As the track nears its conclusion, Chloe Alper’s backing vocals captivate us, blending seamlessly with frontman Tim Booth’s vocals.

This is far from the first time that the band have written about the environment and they regular craft songs that tackle various global issues – spanning from political commentary to environmental concerns. ‘Beautiful Beaches’ from All the Colours of You for example delves into themes of environmental degradation. Inspired by Tim’s friend tragically losing his home during the Californian fires, the bass-driven track reflects on the impact of pollution and human activity on coastal ecosystems.

The release of Yummy will precede the band’s largest arena tour yet, which will see them supported by Razorlight. Kicking off in Aberdeen on Monday 3rd June, the eight-date tour includes what’s due to be a triumphant homecoming show at the new Co-op Live Arena in Manchester and culminates with a grand finale at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 15th, which marks the band’s debut performance at the 20,000 capacity venue.

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Tickets for the band’s arena tour are on sale now.

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