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Kevin Morby’s previous releases Harlem River and Still Life were among our favourites and he has recently signed to Dead Oceans who will release his new long player next year. In the meantime, in support of his autumn touring schedule (UK dates below), they’ve announced a 7″ slated for release this September.

Kevin Morby, former bassist for the band Woods, has announced Dead Oceans as his new label home. Though the indie folk artistpromises a full-length debut on the label sometime next year, he’s celebrating the signing now with the release of a new 7-inch single, ‘Moonshiner’ and ‘Bridge to Gaia’. ‘Moonshiner’ is a shambling folk number, relying on some sturdy piano work to keep itself upright and a set of steady, strumming strings to keep it on pace.

UK Dates:
Mon. Sept. 7 – Bristol @ The Louisiana
Tue. Sept. 8 – York @ The Fulford Arms
Wed. Sept. 9 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club, Games Room
Thu. Sept. 10 – Glasgow @ Broadcast
Fri. Sept. 11 – London @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sat. Sept. 12 – Manchester @ Albert Hall

Moonshiner and Bridge To Gaia are two previously unreleased gems, and the former which we have streaming for you, is inspired and influenced by one of Morby’s favourite contemporary books .

 

Kevin Robert Morby is an American musician. He is best known as the former bassist of Woods, and the songwriter and guitarist of The Babies. He released his debut solo album the wonderful  “Harlem River” in 2013, and his second album “Still Life” in October 2014.

17-year-old  Kevin Morby dropped out of Blue Valley Northwest High School, got his GED, and moved from his native Kansas City to Brooklyn in the mid-2000s, supporting himself by working bike delivery and café jobs.

He later joined the noise-folk group Woods on bass. While living in Brooklyn, he became close friends and room mates with Cassie Ramone of the punk trio Vivian Girls, and the two formed a side project together called The Babies, who released albums in 2011 and 2012.

Following his move to Los Angeles, Morby recorded a collection of songs with Babies producer Rob Barbato which were intended to be an homage to New York City. Released in 2013 by Woodsist Records, the eight-song collection was called “Harlem River and became Morby’s debut as a solo artist. The album also features drummer Justin Sullivan (The Babies) as well as contributions from Will Canzoneri, Tim Presley (White Fence), Dan Lead, and Cate Le Bon.

While on tour, Morby wrote songs that were later featured on his second album, Still Life“. The album was once again produced by Barbato and released on October 14, 2014

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Kevin Morby – Still Life: Former Woods bassist and songwriter/guitarist of The Babies, Kevin Morby surprised everyone last year with a stunning solo debut, “Harlem River”. Capitalizing on that momentum, Morby wasted no time releasing its follow-up, “Still Life”, a coastal gem of ragged folk-rock. Morby showed a brilliant capacity for songwriting with “Harlem River’s” title track and has matched that greatness with this year’s “Parade,” a moment of pure pop perfection,

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Expect to see Kevin Morby‘s outstanding 2014 release, “Still Life”, on many best-of lists at the year end. Since striking out on his own with the debut solo “Harlem River” last year, the former Babies frontman and ex Woods member has firmly established himself as one of the most exciting songwriters of his generation. At Morby’s first solo show he debuted several of the forthcoming Still Life tracks. Nine months later, Morby was at the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade in Brooklyn ready to acquaint us with more songs from the new record. Though Morby arrived onstage last and after midnight, most of the crowd had stuck around to catch him,  he rewarded the faithfull with a poised set that showed his tour-worn comfort with the newer songs. He also played a classic number covered recently, Bill Fay’s “I Hear You Calling”. Morby’s sound congeals increasingly well with the West Coast move that in part prompted his solo breakout; his songs feel like a breeze blowing across your face as you lie on the hood of a car in a beach parking lot, staring at the coast. It was a fine way to end the night, not to mention this incredible showcase.

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As a band member of the wonderful WOODS and THE BABIES, Kevin Morby has released his solo album and songs mostly played on acoustic guitar and Kevins vocals titled HARLEM RIVER it was a superb listen an acoustic delight with dreamy songs and stories Just Morby and his guitar is just fine.

Kevin Morby is a member of the band Woods he previously played in the Babies this is the title track of his new album Harlem River, he is an accomplished guitar player

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Kevin Morby was a member of the Babies and Woods, he has had  these songs waiting around for about 5 years, especially check out the song “SLOW TRAIN” featuring Cate Le Bon on added vocals available on Woodsist Records.