James Maddock - Another Life

We've been admirers of James Maddock since his wonderful debut album Songs From Stamford Hill (under the moniker Wood) and a few years later when we heard his raspy singing drifting into the night outside a Lower East Side club. Born in Britain and living in New York for the past decade, Maddock has developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the city's best kept songwriting secrets though he made some commercial inroads with his 2009 album Sunrise on Avenue C (winner of a NY Music Award for Best Americana Album) and 2011's Wake Up and Dream (named one of the year's best albums by the listeners at WFUV). Another Life, arriving July 24 via Julian Records, is a self-described "stripped down and acoustic" project that features stellar backing from guitarist/bassist Tony Scherr (Norah Jones) and multi-instrumenalist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) and production by Matt Pierson (Brad Mehldau). "I've Been There Too" is classic Maddock, a warm, undeniably feel-good track that boasts a killer melody and strolling bass line while the upbeat -- in every sense of the word -- and wistful title track shines amid a flurry intricate mandolin picking.

James Maddock - 'Another Life' (from Another Life)

James Maddock - 'I've Been There Too' (from Another Life)