The last time we watched something called "The Ring", a demonic child crawled out of the television and sent us all into a mad panic. In Jamie Lidell
's video for a song of the same name, he appears to threaten to do the very same thing. He doesn't of course, which means we'll just have to wait until later this month to see him crooning right in front of us. Before that however, there is the bit of business dubbed Compass
; Lidell's most recent album, due May 18th via Warp.
Jamie Lidell (born Jamie Alexander Lidderdale, 18 September 1973, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England) is an English musician and soul singer living in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. He was once a part of a group with Cristian Vogel called Super Collider.
Lidell is known for layering tracks made with his voice into a microphone and performing the percussion and melody as a sequenced, beatboxing one-man band. Then over his augmented voices, he sings soul-inspired songs. This exercise makes for energetic live performances. Lidell has become renowned for his diverse range of genre-exploration. Following the release of his 2008 album, Jim, Lidell commented,
I want it to be about music, I think every musician does. But I think inevitably it ends up becoming about personality, which is what gives rise to the music, so people want to make sure that they get a bit of both. The more things do well, the more people want to know why it does well.
His song "Multiply" was used on the television show Grey's Anatomy, and was also included on its second soundtrack. Another song from his album Multiply, "A Little Bit More", was featured in a series of commercials for the U.S. retailer Target.
He often collaborates with Canadian musicians such as Gonzales, Feist and Mocky. He has also recently collaborated with British electronic duo Simian Mobile Disco for the song "Off The Map". In 2006, he was part of a live performance collaboration with David Link and F. M. Einheit, which was released on CD as 'Echohce'.
In early 2009, Lidell's Jim won in The 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album.
In 2009 he contributed a cover of Grizzly Bear's song "Little Brother" to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation, as well as having his song "A Little Bit More" covered by Tim Exile.
In March 2010, Lidell announced that he is releasing a new album entitled Compass which is being produced by fellow musician and occasional collaborator Beck. The album was released in May 2010. The title track is featured in the Rockstar video game Red Dead Redemption.
Lidell was the co-writer and vocalist for the Simian Mobile Disco track "Put Your Hands Together", from their 2012 album Unpatterns.
On February 18th, 2013, Lidell released his self-titled album Jamie Lidell to critical acclaim. It saw him return to his live one-man show set up.