Just Posted! "What Were You Born For?" Lyric Video

How to make a lyric video? Put an easel in akward places around NYC. The passersby thought it was strange, but we had fun.

Nics and I went out in the streets of Astoria on blazing Summer morning and put this together.

I hope you enjoy.

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A Song a Month for a Year is Under Way! Hear Song 1 of 12

Crew, I’m excited and nervous to start releasing a song a month for a year. This year is going to be a blast and a marathon. I can’t wait to share them all with you.

September 1st, I released song 1 of 12, “What Were You Born For?”

I wrote this song after stumbling around in the occult section of a dusty NYC bookstore. I cracked open a volume about the Left Hand Path. I read about some folks who like to envision a fierce and loyal spirit animal/daemon following them, whose purpose is to guide and protect them. Essentially helping them answer the question: “What were you born for?”

With that in mind, I penned a tune that helped me coax out the answer for myself. What’s your answer?

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New Single "What Were You Born For?" OUT NOW!

"What Were You Born For?" is here! Please take a listen.

This is the first of twelve singles that I'll be releasing over the next year. One a month. So excited. I want to express my gratitude to Andy Seltzer who will produce these tunes. It's been a blast creating these songs and it's going to be a fun challenge to get a new one out every four weeks. Stay tuned! Enjoy the song below!

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New Project! Haunted Continents
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My friends, I'm excited to announce that I'll be releasing music under the moniker of Haunted Continents.

To those of you who supported me as I promoted Prison Font, I thank you and hope you'll come with me on this new expedition. I'm still James A.M. Downes. Always will be. (I'll be able to hear my mother shouting my full name at me till the end of my days.) But as the new tunes come together, I'm feeling the pull to develop a project that creates some escape, something new, something different.

In a world full of chaos and uncertainty, my goal is to create music as shelter. I'll strive, sometimes succeed, sometimes veer; but my intention will always be to look straight into the eyes of the issue and be a friend to my fellow survivors on these haunted continents.

See you out there.

- James

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