Premiere: Cleophus James Present Crafty Excitement On New Single & Video, “Off The Hook”

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Next Friday marks the return of the electrifying quartet Cleophus James, as they unveil their first taste of new music in 2024: the absorbing four-track EP titled Moonlight. Laden with melodic ingenuity and technical mastery, this record holds the promise of cagey and clever compositions that will keep listeners guessing with curious intrigue while they nod along with musical enchantment. Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait long to preview its dazzling allure as today, The Auricular is proudly premiering “Off The Hook,” the skillful opening charge from this bold new EP, accompanied by a sleek new video offering from the band.


Capturing the band in a live setting flanked in front of a moving camera, the video provides a vivid showcase of the band’s magnetic talent, one that unfolds effortlessly while impressing earbuds all around. The band rollicks over a pliable groove with manic intent and tempered grace, switching gears multiple times to capture the full scope of what a fusion band should be. These transitions occur with striking suddenness, translating the awe-inspiring audio experience into captivating visual spontaneity.

“Off The Hook” contains a three-part movement meticulously arranged within a concise timeframe, showcasing musical ingenuity that keeps listeners pleasantly intrigued. Kicking off with a brisk groove underscored by jittery guitar notes, the track seamlessly transitions into its main current–a breezy blend of garage rock infused with subtle jazz nuances and a hint of surf ambiance. This infectious groove forms the backbone of the song, gradually building momentum until the band revisits the initial jittery motif, this time resolving it with a satisfying conclusion. Brimming with clever artistry and infectious warmth, “Off The Hook” epitomizes the band’s signature appeal: a welcoming sound that soothes the soul with melodic charm while engaging the intellect with inventive musicality.

This nimble swing opens up the sharp quartet’s latest EP, Moonlight, offering three additional tracks that join “Off The Hook” in a realm of sly wonder: the soulful trance of “Moonlight,” the spirited honky-tonk vibes of “Fat Times,” and the swirling concoction of psychedelic-funk titled “Les Close.” Following their equally adventurous 2023 EP Leftover Hills, this latest offering further solidifies Cleophus James as a band worth keeping a keen ear on, ensuring you capture every glimmer of musical brilliance and layered passion they offer.

Moonlight is set for release on Friday, March 29th, which you can pre-save by clicking here. On the same day, the band will celebrate the record release with a concert at Dive alongside Marshall Family Values (click here for more information).

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