J Smith’s ‘Blood Orange’ Re-Ignites Passion

Singer-songwriter J Smith is set to release ‘Blood Orange’ on 9 April, the next single from his upcoming debut album.

We came to see a blood orange moon, and shiver up in a tent,” sets the mood for the telling of a couple’s second chance to re-ignite their passion in love. Seizing his own second chance, J Smith rekindled his passion for songwriting after the break-up of his former band.

Smith recorded the bones of ‘Blood Orange’ in August 2019 and refined it over time, adding unexpected elements like the sound of metal pipes dragging across a concrete floor. The song has an optimistic rhythm, with persistent guitar, and a mix of acoustic and electronic elements. Sonically, there are influences from Japanese Breakfast, sir Was, Radiohead, and Jeff Buckley.

Lending an ethereal vocal counterpoint to the chorus, Irish neo-soul singer Nnic (Naoise Fitzgerald) joins J Smith once again on ‘Blood Orange’ as she had for ‘I’m Sorry’, Smith’s first single released last month to positive reviews.

James Smith formed Gypsies on the Autobahn at 16 and the band released two albums with Universal Music Ireland, ‘Born Brief’ in 2017 and ‘Suspended’ in 2019. The band saw success supporting Little Green Cars, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, selling out Whelan’s, playing at Vicar St., Other Voices, and touring the festival circuits. After 14 years, the band amicably parted ways in early 2020.

Smith’s independence spurred him to produce a burst of dance-inspired remixes under the name YURN for Soda Blonde, ZASKA, Danny G & The Major 7ths with Tolü Makay, Nnic, Gareth Quinn Redmond, and more.

J Smith’s debut album titled “(…) And you chose not to laugh” is set for release on 28 May. ‘Blood Orange’ is out on 9 April on all streaming platforms and is available to pre-save now.

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