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Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow’s latest album, True Care, is a prime example of an artist bearing their soul in their work. The record, available digitally now, is not out physically until July 28th, but you can now watch the music video for “Pink Salt Lake,” a highlight of the record.

The footage from the video was actually shot by McMorrow’s wife at a farm in Texas during the recording of his previous  album “Post Tropical” McMorrow often writes music to visual material, and, while watching the grainy video of restless animals, he wrote the piano line for “Pink Salt Lake.” He then looped back around to the video and the piano line during the recording of True Care and finished the song to be what you hear now. “That’s where this song came from, literally from the heart of the footage,” McMorrow explains.

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Last week at a show in Dublin, and the day before this new album came out, we played it from start to finish in front of a crowd who’d won tickets, but had no clue what to expect, they’d never heard the songs before. No one had. Didn’t dawn on my until I walked out on stage that no one knew what was going to happen…. including me. I was so nervous to begin. Then we got to this song, it’s called “National”, and it all just clicked and made sense.

If you want to watch the full show from Dlight Studio Dublin it’s available to see on my FB page. Over the summer we will be performing a handful of shows where we begin by playing the new record from start to finish, just like the show last week. Then in the second half of the night we’ll play a full set of songs drawn from the rest of my career to date. I can’t think of a better way to share this record with everyone than to do it like this. Those tour dates are on my website.

 

James Vincent McMorrow performing a track from the excellent album “Post Tropical” in Canada “Red Dust” taken from the Irish songwriter’s second album, is ambiguous and at times unsettling – just like the song.
McMorrow’s music througout the song increases the tension. He sings in a choir-like falsetto, extending words so they are more strands of notes then words. his deliverance is broken apart and filtered, so they only reference their origins. With McMorrow’s ghostly voice the song results in a strange, brooding version.

2014 was an incredible year, I’m so grateful to anyone who came to a show, bought/listened to “Post Tropical”, stopped me on the street to say hello and take a photo, or generally just made my life better.
We had some great people come down to my last show of the year, at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles. They recorded the entire show, it came out great, free to download for everyone who wants it. I’m incredibly proud of this show that we took all over the world for the last 12 months, and I want as many people to hear it as possible.

On a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border, ‘Post Tropical’ was born – a collection of sounds and ideas brought to life in rooms where the low frequencies of passing freight trains vibrated in the studio, briefly disturbing the birds in the rafters. And like most new ideas, ‘Post Tropical’ is hard to describe. It requires attention and engagement. It seduces you towards hidden depths.

McMorrow’s acclaimed debut album, ‘Early in the Morning’, reached number 1, went platinum and picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination upon its release in 2010. Along the way, there were shows everywhere from the Royal Festival Hall to Later…with Jools Holland, and a breakout hit in the charity cover of Steve Winwood’s ‘Higher Love’. McMorrow’s first record was the formative sounds of a songwriter who suddenly found people giving a damn. “I’m so proud of that album, but I never longed to be a guy with a guitar. You play these songs live as best you can, and suddenly you’re a Folk musician. But the texture of this record is completely different. This is the kind of stuff I actually listen to.”

This was originally sung by Chris Isaak, this version is by James Vincent McMorrow, (JVM) is an Irish singer-songwriter whose name has been thrown around with the likes of Bon Iver and James Blake  who are both amazing artists, but let’s not let JVM get lost in the sea of similarities.  His raspy yet silky smooth falsetto voice that’s full of emotion puts him in a league of his own.  Some have marked  JVM as a folk artist (yes, he has a beard and yes, he plays a guitar), which can largely be attributed to his first album “Early In The Morning”, but JVM consciously moved in a new direction on his second full-length album, “Post Tropical”, introducing electronic instruments such as a Roland TR-808 combined with soulful and hip-hop influences.

Here is his cover of  Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games.”  This performance is chilling and full of emotion, one that I am sure no one will forget.

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Irishman James Vincent McMorrow, who released a folk-ish album in 2011 called “Early in the Morning” that topped the charts in his home country. While the songwriting for this follow-up isn’t radically different from his debut’s slower moments, he’s flipped the script entirely in a stylistic sense, moving into a space somewhere between How to Dress Well’s falsetto choirs and the winter wonderlands of Bon Iver’s For “Emma, Forever Ago”.

The real magic is in his voice, or rather voices: Possessed of a sky-scraping falsetto that draws audible gasps from crowds at his shows, he often begins these songs quietly around gentle keyboard chords that build and grow as he piles on the harmonies, turning virtually whispered melodies into giant crescendos with lush, wordless backdrops sung by armies of overdubbed McMorrows. At no point does his voice drop anywhere near a standard male range. Both chilly and warm, soulful and soft, “Post Tropical” is an intricate ice sculpture of an album, and a fantasy come true for anyone who’s ever misted up over Maxwell’s version of “This Woman’s Work.”

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LIVE AT THE ACE HOTEL, LOS ANGELES

2014 was an incredible year, I’m so grateful to anyone who came to a show, bought/listened to Post Tropical, stopped me on the street to say hello and take a photo, or generally just made my life better.

I wanted to say thank you. So I thought, what would I want to get as a present?…. A video of a cat in a clown costume driving a ride along lawnmower?… umm, yes please. But it turns out it’s real difficult to get a cat into a costume. Plus cats are heavily unionised now.

So, thats not happening (yet). But, as a back up plan, we did have some great people come down to my last show of the year, at the Ace Hotel Theatre in Los Angeles. They recorded the entire show, it came out great, so here it is below, free to download for everyone who wants it. All I ask is that if you’re feeling it, that you share it. I’m incredibly proud of this show that we took all over the world for the last 12 months, and I want as many people to hear it as possible.

So yeah, you guys are the best, thank you again, i’ll see you in 2015. I got plans. James…..

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With a new single due in October This achingly gorgeous song is quite simply beautiful  from James Vincent McMorrow on Believe Records.Check out the superb album “Post Tropical”. James is also about to record a session for Sky Arts,

A cover of the new Lana Del Rey song from james Vincent McMorrow the song suits his pitched vocal perfectly this is from Triple J Radio in Australia where a artist plays a cover and one of his songs.