Debut Single ‘old remedies’ from Vancouver based duo Davis & James; yes, you should be adding it to your top 10 playlist

Davis & James old remedies

Every so often a song comes along that just fits in with the times. Maybe it’s because it resonates with the particular ebb and flow of one’s existence.  Maybe it’s because it fulfils our need to relate or be relatable. Whatever it is, music has this way of connecting with a massive group of people…but in a uniquely personal way. When I first listened to ‘old remedies‘ by Chris Davis and Sam James (aka davis & james), I was immediately reminded of this psychologically fascinating yet peculiar phenomenon.

The two musicians began intermingling their classical and indie-folk roots in 2021. And while the duo says their music is mostly influenced by the artists who got them through the early days of the pandemic, davis & james craft a soundscape that is uniquely their own.

Davis & James

davis & james

“…this song is an ode to reaching for those things that don’t really solve anything, but get you through a difficult time.”


Chris Davis

It’s no secret that indie music has become somewhat known for combining untraditional sounds with traditional songwriting forms. The infusion of analog synths and drum loops into the folk/Americana genre gained popularity in the mid 90s when artists, like Elliot Smith began intertwining ’60s singer/songwriter stylings into their alternative music. And as decades pass, each generation of songwriters adds their own creative twist to this genre’s core foundation.

With davis & james; a violin, analog drum machine, and acoustic guitar is all the duo need to create their own unique, hauntingly familiar, sound of indie-Americana. Artfully mastering the essence of tempered patience, ‘old remedies’ creates a swelling wave of sound that both soothes and questions the soul.

The track administers a good dose of lyrical fatalism while, ironically, creating an overwhelming sense of optimism. The music slips effortlessly between major and minor chord progressions to support the vocal’s duality.

Davis & James

Davis’ lyrics explore the ways we cope amidst chaos by asking the listener,  “…what could go wrong?” A question as timeless as “what is the meaning of life”…and sometimes equally unanswerable. James supports his lyrical counterpart by subtly weaving prolific violin riffs around the songs catchy phrases. All of which are layered among a texture of analog synths, rhythms and a slightly out-of-tune piano. The end result is a debut worthy of any playlist in need of that perfect existentialistic track.

old remedies‘ is the debut single from davis & james. For more info on the band, check out the links below.

Instagram | Website | Spotify

Find Old Remedies by Davis & James on our New Indie Music playlist

W. Chris Brown
the authorW. Chris Brown
Reviewer & Playlister
W. Chris Brown (aka reemus, aka cosmicsurivor, aka just plain ol' Chris) is the former bandmate of several projects during his time as a guitarist, singer/songwriter, beat sampler and general what-ever-you need guy. Growing up a U.S. military brat, Chris spent most of his adolescence on the road. He's lived in Japan, Germany, Norway, Honduras, and of course the United States. He has a degree in Film and Media Studies from ASU and founded songs4change - a place for music in 2011.


  • Thanks for putting me onto this new music! I can definitely see their music in a movie or tv shows. Can’t wait to ride around and play this in my car with the windows down!

  • Great song and great review! Such a unique choice of instruments that pair nicely together on this track. Melodically the song reminds me of Americana bands like Caamp, but with a modern, more electronic twist. I agree this song will fill that “perfect existentialistic” role on my next playlist!

  • Great song and great review! A very unique choice of instruments that blend together nicely on this track. The melody reminds me of Americana bands like Caamp, but with a modern, more electric twist. I agree this song will fill that “perfect existentialistic” role on my next playlist!

  • This is lovely! A gorgeous blend of stringed instruments! I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and loved it!

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