Last week, singer-songwriter Jaymes Youngtook us inside the craft of the music that inhabits his recent EP, The Habits of My Heart. The collection is an impeccable introduction to an artist who demonstrates a true knack for versatility. There is the unique production side of his compositions; the darks and lights and unique textures, and there are the songs themselves. Jaymes is a singer-songwriter at heart, as you'll see in this rather dashing, studio session. Here James plays oh so elegantly, working through 3 honest, if not somewhat pleading pieces from his new EP. All and all, this session is a wonderful on an artist we think a lot people will be talking about in the very near future.
In a dark room, in cold sheets I can't feel a damn thing. I lost myself between your legs Your medicine is in my head. You know I'd rather be alone But then you call me on the phone Oh, the habits of my heart I can't say no It's ripping me apart. You get too close You make it hard to let you go You make it hard to let you go I tell myself I like that When you tie my hands behind my back You're confident I'll give you that But if you love yourself you can fuck yourself Because I'd rather be alone But you're fermented in my bones Oh, the habits of my heart I can't say no It's ripping me apart You get too close You make it hard to let you go Whoa, oh, oh. Whoa, oh, oh. Whoa, oh, oh You make it hard to let you go Oh, the habits of my heart I can't say no It's ripping me apart You get too close You make it hard to let you go Oh, whoa yeah Oh, whoa Yeah, yeah Oh, You make it hard to let you go - Habits of my Heart is kind of a way of saying that the heart is making all the decisions. It's kind of almost like bullying the head a little bit. There's a little bit of that, actually, on the cover art for it as well. The heart is kind of exploding out of his shirt. The head is kind of like lost in the clouds or something like that. The point is just that it's not necessarily that you want to be in this relationship, or this situation with this person. The reality is that you're kind of just addicted to this situation. I think it's really important to relate to people that are hurting because they need to relate to things the most and, you know, people that are lost and looking for something to grab onto and just to know that hey, I'm not the only one that's feeling like this. I'm not a crazy person. And I feel like a lot of people are like super lost and they feel that way, especially after tough relationships within the family or just like heartbreak. I think there's a big sense of fulfillment reaching out to people like that. If I can use experiences from my past or that I have observed, that's pretty awesome I think. I thought I saw the devil, this morning Looking in the mirror, drop of rum on my tongue With the warning to help me see myself clearer I never meant to start a fire I never meant to make you bleed I'll be a better man today I'll be good, I'll be good And I'll love the world, like I should Oh, I'll be good, I'll be good For all of the times that I never could My past has tasted bitter for years now, So I wield an iron fist Grace is just weakness Or so I've been told I've been cold, I've been merciless But the blood on my hands scares me to death Maybe I'm waking up today I'll be good, I'll be good And I'll love the world, like I should Oh, I'll be good, I'll be good I swear, I'll be good, I'll be good For all of the light that I shut out, For all of the innocent things that I doubt For all of the bruises I've caused and the tears, all of the things that I've done all these years Yeah, for all of the sparks that I stomped out, for all of the perfect things that I doubt I'll be good, I'll be good And I'll love the world, like I should Oh, oh, I'll be good, I'll be good For all of the times I never could Ooh oh oh Ooh oh oh Yeah, oh All of the times I never could For all of the times I never could I swear I'll be good I swear I'll be good - If you've ever woken up and just had that feeling like, oh I'm going to do this one thing today that I always say I'm gonna do, whether it's like going to the gym or giving this homeless guy some money or like changing your life and being a better person. It's kind of like about those moments and it's almost like a pointless statement because when you're saying, I'll be good, I'll be good, you're saying it in a way that's like, I swear I'll do it, but you know, I probably won't today. I think a lot of people go through that. That feeling of constantly badgering themselves and guilt-tripping themselves. So yeah, that's mostly what "I'll be good" is about. You know, there's also kind of some starting points for those emotions in this song, as well. In the second verse it talks about kind of having a bitter past and there's reasons that you have these things you want to change so badly. You know, lyrics have always been the most important thing. I grew up playing an acoustic guitar and that was like my first real instrument. I like to have the song as raw as possible. If it's just on the acoustic guitar or a piano, before I kind of take it into production. That's what's important and that's usually where it starts, with just like a lyric idea or a melody. Then I try to build that up from there. This EP, "The Habits of My Heart" EP, is kind of a transitionary piece. It has a lot of different aspects of my musical personality that I wanted to show to people, including the singer/songwriter side which has been a part of my life for years and years. And the production side of course as well, which is less stripped and kind of more uniquely defined by different sounds and stuff like that. Also, you know we branched out into some tones and some genre bending that we felt was closer to where we want the project to go, ultimately. I'm really happy with the EP and I'm excited for people to hear the album as well. There's a dark room Inside of my head Developing images I'd rather forget You laced your tongue With poison And it makes me remember Every night I look out my window Afraid you might return for more I miss your frozen love too much But I'd overdose from just a touch, so Baby, don't come back Oh, whatever you do, Don't come back for me After all I've bled for you I can hardly breathe And one more kiss Could take my life There's a fire inside of my bed Made of coals that I deeply regret Oh, you left me burning with the embers And I barely made it out alive Oh, whatever you do, Don't come back for me And after all I've bled for you, I can hardly breathe I can hardly breathe Oh, you're back inside my dreams, Broken bones and empty screams Sleepless nights in burning sheets Lighting strikes inside my eyes Tell me, is this love alive? Tell me now or set me free Oh, don't come back for me And after all I've bled for you, I can hardly breathe I can hardly breathe. I can hardly breathe.
Jaymes Young is a singer/songwriter from Seattle currently living in Los Angeles.