James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow

From the very first lines of James Vincent McMorrow's debut album, 'Early In The Morning' a singularity is there for all to hear. A 5 part harmony cascades in, followed by a growling organ and slide guitar line of the eeriest and spectral kind. 'If I had a boat' is not only a most fitting opener, but also a song that perfectly encapsulates the dense lyricism and compelling melody of the 40 minutes that are to follow. Its words intense but never over wrought, a vocal line that pulls you along towards a truly epic ending, an arrangement of swirling lines and inventive thought, it is a song to truly build upon for sure.

Currently playing live for James Vincent McMorrow is a hushed and reverential affair, each show met with pin drop silence as people follow every word, every syllable. It will not always be this way though, as James dreams of a much grander affair in the near future. "I do want the music to be played how it is on the record, I dream in vivid Technicolor when it comes to my songs, not just black and white. I hear it with drums and horns and accordions and banjos and anything else that can be hit or strummed! Playing on my own right now is beautiful because it allows me to connect on a very primitive level, but I'd like to be in a place soon where I can be surrounded with friends on stage to share this with me".

Whatever that near future might hold, you get the strongest sense that there are some truly wondrous things to come for this man. "Music to me is this fluid notion, I've captured one element of it with this album, but there are endless others out there to be sung and written about."


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