Premiere: Self-Sacrifice by James Droll

Premiere: Self-Sacrifice by James Droll

Premiere: Self-Sacrifice by James Droll

"Self-Sacrifice" proves James Droll is one to watch.

"Self-Sacrifice" proves James Droll is one to watch.

Text: Teddy Willson

People are quick to label Nashville a strictly country circuit. Sure, Music City has long been a haven for country musicians but ignoring the other sides of the city means putting a plug on the countless other acts making a name for themselves. James Droll is one of them.

Having released a steady stream of singles over the past few years, the singer-songwriter is gearing up for his first EP. The release of “Self-Sacrifice”, Droll’s third single this year, is just a teaser as to what the bigger project might hold. With that said, the fans of soul-pop should get excited.

"'Self-Sacrifice' is a dip into a different energy, a look at being told what to feel and understanding your emotional responses," Droll said. "I was telling a story to Reed [Berin], my producer and musical bff, about how I had finally pinpointed what emotion in a movie or show will make me cry. And it's that part where someone stays behind or puts themselves as risk for the betterment of the others."

This moment inspired the lyrics of "Self-Sacrifice." In addition to its relatable lyrics, “Self-Sacrifice” has all the qualities that would place it in rotation on your daily queue: a memorable chorus, sensuous vocals, a tap-along rhythm. Droll shows off his soft, hypnotic and hauntingly sultry vocals in the song, layered over a sly acoustic groove and subtle drums.

Droll’s attention to detail is apparent throughout, from the pop-and-fizzle bit at the opening of the song and the echoed crooning in the background to the syllable-spitting before the bridge and sing-along-like ending. Both the confessional lyricism and gripping sound is reminiscent of R&B artist Justin Nozuka and singer-songwriter James Morrison.

Listen to the “Self-Sacrifice,” below.

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