James Tillman

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James Tillman’s debut album, Silk Noise Reflex, introduces a new sound to today’s R&B and soul lexicon: Silk Noise. It’s sleek and polished, but human and feeling. The mood is effortless, though seems achieved through some sort of songwriting secret. The variety of influences is easy to hear, but how they work together so well is complex. A meeting of jazz, hip-hop, soul, R&B, psychedelia, and so much more, its cohesiveness is a testament to Tillman’s songwriting prowess and his vocal skill. Credit is also due to Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Garbage, Yellow Ostrich), who mixed the record at Tiny Telephone in Oakland; mastering engineer Carlos Arredondo (Thao & Mirah, Deerhoof); and executive producer Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs, Sister Suvi).