JIM GUTHRIE CONFIRMS RELEASE OF TAKES TIME, HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN TEN YEARS, MAY 7


Jim Guthrie's sweet, fertile pop deserves all the praise it gets. - Pitchfork

Jimmy Guthrie has a place among the royalty of music and is, at long last, returning to his throne. - Feist

So personal, so perfect, so honest and so natural. No other musician can tap into that deep connection between themselves and the listener as successfully. - Nick Thorburn (Islands)

This is what real music should sound and smell like. - Michael Cera

File under indie icon. - Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene)

What a difference a decade makes. 10 years ago, Jim Guthrie was basking in the glow of an acclaimed, Juno-nominated pop album called Now, More Than Ever but, after starting work on what would become Takes Time in 2007, Guthrie took a detour, embarking on a long run of composing and recording acclaimed music for television, film and video games, winning prestigious awards for every medium he tackled.

A second detour in 2009 found Guthrie collaborating with his old Islands band mate, Nick Thorburn, forming the folk-pop duo Human Highway, releasing a record and touring America in 2009. It wasn't until later that year, when Guthrie created music for the award-winning game and soundtrack, Sword & Sworcery, that he found his largest and most dedicated audience.

And yet, in spite of this success, Guthrie's core fans clamored for a long-whispered-about solo LP, the one he started making in 2007 with engineer Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre). Over the next five years, Guthrie tinkered with songs, unsure really if this was something he could even do anymore. He tinkered again and again, eventually mixing it with Justin Nace at the newly relocated House of Miracles studio in Cambridge, ON.

Hearing it all now, his modest uncertainty is mystifying. Jim Guthrie has made his greatest LP with Takes Time. Ten original tracks and a cover of John Loudermilk's "Turn Me On," recorded with a wide array of musicians and friends contributing brass, strings, woodwinds, cheerleading, pedal steel and more - a wondrous batch of ambitious rock, pop, and folk framing a clear-eyed view of the world and Guthrie's relation to existence and time. Deadlines, trends, awards, cats, expectations - they all came and went. Guthrie was undeterred. Time was his friend and they took each other on a trip. The end result is here for you to discover. Jim Guthrie. Takes Time. It's never too late.

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