It is with some poignancy then that new single Beautiful James
arrives, finding itself born into a world that is as divided
as it has ever been.
Against the backdrop of splintering global relations, unchallenged online abuse and widespread fear among the narrow-minded of what they cannot understand, Beautiful James brings with it a message of defiance that seeks to normalize and celebrate non-heteronormative relationships in song.
Brian Molko comments:
"If the song serves to irritate the squares and the uptight, so gleefully be it. But it remains imperative for me that each listener discovers their own personal story within it - I really don't want to tell you how to feel."
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Created through the glaze of insomnia, the band turned their creative process on its head in order to bring Beautiful James to life.
It meant approaching their work together in a new way, which began first with photographic imagery and a song title that evoked a certain feeling - long before any music was written.
The resulting song is as powerful as it is tender – a resolutely defiant and ultimately necessary piece of art.
Beautiful James is not a polemic, or even a conversation. It is a statement - one that is as clear and bold as they have ever made.