Jim James’ sophomore solo album, Eternally Even, is out today via Capitol Records. The My Morning Jacket frontman marked the release last night with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. House band The Roots have already made their love and appreciation for James’ music well-known, so no doubt were they more than happy to back up the singer-songwriter on a pair of Even tracks, “Here in Spirit” and “Same Old Lie”.
The stage was arranged in an atypical formation for the performances, with the band staggered about the stage and James standing perpendicular to the audience and musicians, singing towards the side of the venue. That plus the streaked lighting gave an enigmatic vibe to the renditions, well suiting the toned down neo-soul manner of the songs themselves. Check out “Here in Spirit” above and the web-exclusive “Same Old Lie” below.