|James Vincent McMorrow — Post Tropical |
James Vincent McMorrow — Post Tropical
Δ Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow didn't begin writing songs until he was 19.
Δ live every week like it's shark week
Δ “Linear” is also the word that can be used to describe James Vincent McMorrow’s path to success. One country at a time — city by city — he’s an artist on a trajectory to win the masses over with his arresting high-pitched vocals and artfully crafted melodies.
Born: January 14, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland
Location: Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Album release: January 14, 2014
Record Label: Vagrant Records, Dine Alone Records, ROW:Believe
01. Cavalier (4:43)
02. The Lakes (4:07)
03. Red Dust (4:01)
04. Gold (3:00)
05. All Points (3:43)
06. Look Out (3:26)
07. Repeating (4:38)
08. Post Tropical (4:33)
09. Glacier (4:09)
10. Outside, Digging (4:31)
℗ 2013 Believe Recordings
AMAZON´S EDITORIAL REVIEWS:
Δ "Written, produced, and performed entirely by McMorrow, Post Tropical was recorded on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border located between El Paso and ruthless bustle of Juárez. Built up slowly and spontaneously from hundreds of non-linear sound files and lyric pages, the result is 10 stunning, meticulously crafted original songs. Its broadened horizons may come as a surprise to everyone but McMorrow himself, who has harbored a lifelong love of hip-hop and atmospheric R&B. "I wanted to give this record the feel and movement of the R&B records that I love." he says.It's a step forward that is immediately apparent on album opener and first single "Cavalier" a brooding twist on the Slow-Jam, which builds quietly from hushed keys and hand-claps to soaring brass, beats and McMorrow s idiosyncratic falsetto. Across the album, the sounds and melodies evolved from a painstaking process of building texture: there are 808s on the haunting "Red Dust," looped piano on Looking Out , and 50 mandolins made to sound like a waterfall on "The Lakes." Post Tropical is the follow-up to McMorrow's acclaimed 2011 debut album, Early in the Morning and earned McMorrow a #1 debut, a Jools Holland performance, and platinum certification in Ireland. "I'm so proud of that album, but I never longed to be a guy with a guitar,"; says McMorrow, "The texture of this record is completely different.""
Δ Nouvel album du jeune singer songwriter Irlandais qui s'est fait plaisir en allant l'enregistrer dans un environnement dépaysant... A découvrir. L'album devrait sortir en début d'année prochaine.
Press: Irish — Susan@lhpublicity.ie , UK — firstname.lastname@example.org , US — email@example.com
Agent: US Booking — Frank Riley @ high road touring , UK booking — Mick Griffith @ art and industry, Canada booking Rob Zifarelli @ the agency group
INTERVIEW, Lost in Concert: http://www.lostinconcert.com/interview-james-vincent-mcmorrow/ (PHOTOS BY: Brendan Shanley ( @lostinprint )
WORDS BY: Marisa Ruiz ( @MarisaVictoria )
Δ 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. Δ And like most new ideas, ‘Post Tropical’ is hard to describe. It requires attention and engagement. It seduces you towards hidden depths.
Δ 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.”
Δ Wiping the palate of ‘Early in the Morning’ clean, Post Tropical’ is a stunning piece of work. Its broadened horizons may come as a surprise to everyone but James and the people who know him best. “I found a zip drive recently, which dates back to before I made my first record, and I’d re-recorded every single part of the N.E.R.D album – apart from the vocals — just for the joy of it. I wanted to give this record the feel and movement of the hip-hop records that I love.”
Δ It’s a step forward that is immediately apparent on album opener and first single ‘Cavalier’ — a brooding twist on the Slow-Jam, which builds quietly from hushed keys and hand-claps to soaring brass, drums and McMorrow’s idiosyncratic falsetto. Across the album, new sounds and textures are explored: 808s on the haunting ‘Red Dust’, looped piano on ‘Look Out’, and the waterfall-effect of 12 mandolins on ‘The Lakes’. Δ McMorrow’s sometimes-surreal songwriting holds each element in place, an album on which he wrote, produced, and played virtually every instrument.
Δ The framework of ‘Post Tropical’ was constructed over eight months. Coming home from tour, James had hundreds of sound files, none categorised. Pages and pages of lyrics were crossed out and edited. Nothing was written on guitar, and nothing was linear. Yet the recording itself took place on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border — which the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Animal Collective and At The Drive In have all called home at one point. The constraints of three and a half weeks here offered McMorrow a surprising amount of freedom. Sounds were created and changed and painstakingly poured over. The process was up for grabs, right up to the mixing stage.
Δ What emerged was ‘Post Tropical’ — complete with the paradoxical, ‘wish-you-were-here postcard’ artwork (juxtaposing a palm tree with a polar bear). “It’s so exhausting trying to keep up with styles of music that pop up one week, and disappear the next,” says James. “For me, ‘Post Tropical’ evokes a style of music without you having a clue what it sounds like. It’s warm and familiar, but there’s something there that’s maybe not quite what you think it is. I just wanted to make the most beautiful thing that I could imagine. And that was it.” © (PHOTOS BY: Brendan Shanley (@lostinprint )
|James Vincent McMorrow — Post Tropical |