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British singer-song­writer James TW releases "Heartbeat Changes (Part 1)" via Island Records, the first part of his long-awaited second album. The new album includes both of James’ most recent 2021 single + video releases, “Butterflies” (whose lighthearted visual takes the viewer on a hilarious journey inside of a photo booth) and “Hopeless Romantics” (continuing the thread of “Butterflies” with a vivid snapshot of the breakup’s aftermath, with organic instru­ment­ation and emotional refrain). Of the album, James says: “Heartbeat Changes Part 1 is a collection of songs documenting the emotions & realizations I had after the only break up I’ve ever gone through last year. It’s honest & as personal as my music has even been.” "Heartbeat Changes (Part 1)" is the next eagerly awaited episode in James TW’s saga. Following the release of his debut album Chapters in April 2019 (featuring his billion-streaming “When You Love Someone” along with “Say Love” and “You & Me,” and accompany­­ing sold-out 10-city European tour, James had commenced work on his next musical ‘chapter’ at the top of 2020. As the world went into pandemic lockdown, he found himself at the end of a six-year relationship. Confronting a flurry of turbulent emotions, he turned to music. Over a year would elapse before the March 2021 arrival of “Butterflies,” which fluttered from a hypnotic riff and finger snaps towards confessions such as “I get drunk. I feel lonely. Try to drown all the noise in my mind, but alcohol doesn’t hold me the way you did.” The verse’s gritty admissions belied the infectiousness of the chorus – and resonated with legions of loyal fans.

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