The rising electropop singer-songwriter’s latest record, available now via Glassnote Records, explores the “inner workings of a mind in love”.

James Hersey’s first full-length album, Fiction, is out now across all streaming platforms.

Produced during lockdown, Fiction features themes of romance, nostalgia, empathy, and as Hersey describes, “unconditional everything. Above all we need to learn to accept and appreciate ourselves and the choices we’ve made, and this album is a reflection of that.”

Hersey continues,

Fiction is about taking a step beyond realism to see the inner workings of a mind in love. The album opens at the height of infatuation and optimism with ‘Closer (feat. Chromeo)’ and takes the listener through stages of doubt, confusion, conflict, and hope, to find empowered clarity on the other side.”

The rising electropop musician, best known for hits such as ‘Miss You’ and ‘Coming Over’, had set to musically reinvent himself by grappling with the overarching question: “What is my voice and what do I represent?”

Hersey adds,

“I grew up playing in punk bands, writing acoustic love songs, and hanging out with turntablists and rappers.” he explains. “This latest chapter carries the DNA of my youth. I took the lessons of life as an artist – a decade of life on the road – and presented them to the soul of the kid inside me who has nothing but a dream to live for.”

The album features three previously released singles including ‘Forget’, ‘Souvenir’, and ‘Closer’, the latter of which is an upbeat summer anthem featuring Grammy-nominated funk duo Chromeo.

James Hersey gained international recognition with his 2014 rooftop video for ‘Coming Over’, a song which has seen remixes from filous, Kygo and Dillon Francis.

His 2017 EP, Pages, made him an online sensation, earning support from Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Mistajam, Adele Roberts, Cel Spellman, and Communion Music head Maz Tappuni.

His 2019 mini-album, Innerverse, has earned over 30 million streams.

Listen to Fiction via Spotify below.

Photo credit: Neema Sadeghi