Internationally adored Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has today announced his new album We Move, which will be released via Dew Process on September 2, with its debut single ‘Rising Water’ premiering online today.
The Nineteen85 (Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’) produced single premiered on Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World BBC Radio 1 show, and received its Australian radio premiere on triple j’s Mornings program, adding to what has already been a massive 2016 for McMorrow, who recently surpassed 100+ million streams, collaborated with Kygo on the huge single ‘I’m In Love’, and featured in the quickly-viral trailer for the latest series of Game of Thrones with his haunting cover of the Chris Isaak classic ‘Wicked Game’. Now he’s poised to continue that wave of momentum with the release of his third, full-length LP, We Move.
Written and recorded between Toronto, Dublin and London, the album is McMorrow’s most expansive, generous and ambitious record to date – following in the massive footsteps of 2010’s platinum-selling Early In The Morning and acclaimed follow-up Post Tropical, which lead to sold-out worldwide shows, including two nights at the Sydney Opera House.
Far from the dense, protective imagery at the heart of Post Tropical, We Move is ultimately a record open in its portrait of anxiety and social unease. For McMorrow, it’s about celebrating mental fragility and how we move forward in life, rather than, “people listening to my songs and believing that I’m out in the forest all day long, thinking about trees. Because I’m actually at home, trying to convince myself to go out and get milk.”
The first steps towards the release of We Move took place in 2014, when McMorrow – having been asked to write for different artists’ projects – started sketching out ideas for others on tour (and subsequently stopped over-analysing his own work). Intent on doing the opposite of everything he’d done thus far in his career, McMorrow then came off the road as a musician, but continued to travel and write, before returning to Dublin determined not to just produce another album himself, but to work with people who could articulate the unique world he heard in his head.
Those people eventually became a list of the who’s who of the production world, namely Nineteen85 (Drake, DVSN), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna). Mixing took place largely in Miami with one of McMorrow’s all-time heroes, Jimmy Douglass (Jay Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake), who finessed the record’s warm, vintage sound, while still infusing it with a forward-thinking feel.
The resulting record is essentially the realisation of McMorrow’s long held musical fantasy – “I grew up wanting to write songs like Neil Young but produce them like The Neptunes”. The first single ‘Rising Water’ epitomises that concept entirely, with its starkly-produced composition reflecting his hip hop influences, while also laying the perfect foundation for the layers of McMorrow’s ethereal falsetto, with which he sings with a skyscraper-sized sense of catharsis.
It is just the first taste of what we can expect from We Move – an album that continues a remarkable journey for the Dublin-born singer/songwriter, whose early work offered little clue as to the sounds and situations that would follow. It’s a remarkably assured collection that is sure to be judged as one of the most triumphant releases of the year.
SEE JAMES VINCENT McMORROW PERFORM HIS ONLY AUSTRALIAN SHOW AT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS – SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016
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1. Rising Water
2. I Lie Awake Every Night
3. Last Story
4. One Thousand Times
6. Get Low
7. Killer Whales
8. Seek Another
10. Lost Angles