ames McCartney’s new music is the result of working on and off in the studio for over two years. He played most of the instruments, including bass, guitars, and piano—and of course, he sings.
Available Light was recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios in Sussex, Abbey Road Studios in London, and SeeSquared Studios and Avatar Studios in New York.
There were two main phases to the recordings.
Initially, the recordings were done with James playing most of the instruments, with Shawn Pelton on drums and Steven Isserlis on cello. James put a band together partway through those sessions, which included two members of The Dead 60s—Charlie Turner on bass and Bryan Johnson on drums—and Steve Bayley on guitar and keyboards. After much rehearsing and a couple of UK tours, the band went into Abbey Road to re-record some of the tracks, along with several songs that hadn’t been previously recorded.
Available Light was produced by David Kahne and Paul McCartney, and mixed by David Kahne.