Potential is the new album from Brooklyn, NY-based musician James Hinton, aka The Range, out March 25. The album is his for Domino, following 2013’s Nonfiction. Check out the lead single “Florida” via Soundcloud below.
As its backbone, Potential utilizes a series of vocal samples that Hinton found in the deep corners of YouTube, introducing us to unknown artists expressing themselves unfettered by the constraints of industry. He might be fascinated by the code that determines his YouTube searches, but what truly grips him are the human stories behind the samples.
Hinton explains, “I found each person by using a small set of search terms on YouTube. Each song is inextricably linked to the point in time that I came across each video. I endeavored to tie the songs of Potential together by telling my own story alongside the stories of the people I sampled. Every song tries to acknowledge a sense of vulnerability or difficulty in life, as well as an intense drive to cope with problems in ways that don’t drag you into the abyss.”
In addition to the forthcoming album Potential, a documentary titled Superimpose, directed by Daniel Kaufman, out this spring, will look at the human stories behind the unknown artists included on the album. As Hinton states, “I am very conscious that these people who I have sampled elevate what I do, just as much as my record brings their work somewhere else.”
2. Copper Wire
5. Five Four
6. Falling Out of Phase
7. No Loss
Strings EP tracklist:
1. The Magic
2. True Value
The Range live
Tues February 9 || New York, NY || Bowery Ballroom (w/ Baio)
Tues March 1 || Los Angeles, CA || Resident
Wed March 9 || London UK || Pickle Factory