Jim’s new album, TABULA RASA is now available at iTunes, Amazon Music, and everywhere online music is streamed and sold.
Jim Halfpenny has been a professional film composer and songwriter for more than 20 years. His composing credits include the original scores for over 25 feature length films, music for a Discovery Channel series and jingles for national TV and radio ads. Jim’s stylishly diverse songs have been placed in feature films, cable and network TV programs and a musical production for the stage. His unmistakable sound uniquely blends folk, rock, pop and country and his music has garnered positive press reviews from as far away as the United Kingdom. Now, with the long-anticipated arrival of his newest album Tabula Rasa, Jim resets his musical compass and shows us another side of his creativity.
Jim’s first two outings, First Things First and Truth Trust and Other Ghosts were well-received collections of solid Americana/Folk. Americana Music Times described his sound as “earthy yet refined” while The Austin Chronicle deemed it “sturdy roots rock”. Tabula Rasa reveals many of those same elements, in spades, but it also exposes an edgier quality that adds another dimension to his previous work. Always honest, always real, with subtle tinges of Tom Petty, Paul Simon, The Gin Blossoms and Mark Knopfler peeking out from behind strong melodies and creative lyrics.
When asked about the curious title for his new album Jim confides, “Moving from Austin to Arizona, in a sense, wiped the music slate clean for me. I didn’t feel compelled to fit into any certain genre mold anymore. Hence the album’s title, Tabula Rasa, which is the interesting theory that we’re all born without any built-in mental content, a blank slate so to speak, and that all our knowledge comes from our experiences and perceptions.”
If the theory of tabula rasa is valid and perceptions and experiences count for everything, then experiencing Jim’s songs on Tabula Rasa should definitely be on everyone’s content list. With the exception of the drums, played brilliantly by Austin’s Brandon Storms, Jim performed all the instruments and vocals on the album, as well as producing, mixing and mastering. “Doing all the work myself really stretched out the album’s time-frame,” laughs Halfpenny, “but it allowed me a level of quality-control that I’ve never had in past recording projects. Our semi-forced confinement due to the pandemic did have a small bright side for me, I guess.”
In spite of the challenging times we’ve all been through these past two years, Halfpenny is on a creative roll at this juncture in his career. He’s taken up painting and begun writing a novel. With the hopeful decline of the Covid-19 virus he looks forward to performing live again and he’s already back in the studio recording his next album. It just goes to show what you can do with a clean slate.
Tabula Rasa was released on August 27, 2021, and is now available at all online music outlets including iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music and more.
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