James Lee just released his second EP CASTLES on July 31! CASTLES consists of 7 tracks that combine the genres acoustic-pop/rock and EDM. Throughout the tracks, James Lee navigates through themes of heartbreak, goodbyes, and holding onto loved ones quickly slipping through your fingers like sand.
The artist also shared some thoughts about the new EP, “CASTLES is a milestone in my career that expresses the growth I’ve had as a writer and a producer. When I wrote The Light EP, I relied on the help from some fantastic producers, but for CASTLES I trusted myself. Even though it was based on the thought of sand castles washing away, I still find myself reflecting on the process and journey of creating rather than sulking over what’s lost. I’ve become a realistic optimist.”
James Lee hopes that listeners not only recognize the beauty in the intricacy of the album, but also the urgency in cherishing every moment, saying, “I hope people that listen to CASTLES will hear everything, from the details in every single arrangement choice, to the way the words are expressed in each song. I decided to lean into the music I grew up loving so much. Though the tone of the album is emotional and sad, the greater takeaway for people is to appreciate the moments we have because nothing lasts forever.”
James Lee also allowed fans to participate in his second EP, which made it even more special. The artists offered on his Patreon the opportunity for the fans to include their names in credits of his upcoming MV and the physical copy of the CASTLES.
He also collaborated on the track “Alright” with former f(x) singer Amber Liu (5.5 million followers) and the lyric video for “Over Us”, putting him on track to become a playlist-favorite of Gen Z and Millennials alike.
Referred to as the “Lauv of Asia” for his emotionally-charged songwriting and on-trend beat production, James has had a number of successful collaborations with various international pop stars in the realm of K-pop and Asian pop music, including Sooyoung Choi of Girls Generation (5.4 million followers), Angelababy (7.8 million followers), Jannine Weigel (1.7 million followers), Kevin Woo (705,000 followers), and Jason Zhang (452,000 followers). In addition to his own music, James is also a much-sought-after songwriter/producer by Asian artists and has had two #1 singles (Angelababy’s “Takeoff”, Jason Zhang’s “Fast”) and one #1 EP (Gao Jia Lang’s I Am Me) in China since 2018.