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James Vincent McMorrow’s self-titled EP is intended as an introduction to James’ debut record, Early In The Morning, which will be released in the Canada on January 25th 2011. Comprising of four songs, two of which are taken from the album, and two unearthed demos, the EP is laced with haunting melodies, mythical storytelling, and musical structures that bring a singular and unique vision to the traditional folk style that emerged in the states in the 1960’s. Having self recorded, played and released Early In The Morning in Ireland earlier this year, James is preparing to disclose the album in North America making it available to audiences there for the first time.

James first started to venture into the world of music in college. “My first instrument was the drums: I used to listen to a lot of hardcore music, At The Drive In, Refused, Glassjaw,” James notes. As James’ musical tastes broadened, so did his instrumental skills. “I started listening to older music from the 50’s-70’s, and learning guitar, piano. Then I heard a Donny Hathaway song called I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know and it made me want to start singing.” The following years were spent in the front room of his parent’s house with the piano. James recalls, “I sat in front of that piano for about three years singing notes over and over again until I could get them right.” Because of the high soulful tone to his voice, James found particular encouragement from female singer/songwriters whose vocal ranges were similar to his own. “I’ve been a huge fan of female singers, probably because of the way I sing. I can understand the way they construct melody almost better than I can the way male singers write,” James notes. “But it wasn’t until about 4 years ago that I actually wrote my first song. I knew I needed to have things worth talking about before I put pen to paper.”

With finished songs under his belt, it came time to record. Intrigued by the notion of tracking himself, James became fascinated with popular hip-hop acts self-producing some of the most sought-after albums amongst the masses. “That’s how I started learning how to record myself,” remembers James, “by listening to people like The Neptunes and Timbaland, and trying to figure out how they did what they did.” In January of 2009 James moved to an isolated house by the Irish Sea, about an hour outside of Dublin, with the intention to record a demo. Within a month James found he loved the sound he was getting, and decided to create an album. “It took six months. I recorded and played everything myself, using one microphone and a computer, and all the equipment and instruments I’d used to make my first demos. In June 2009 I played it for people for the first time and everyone seemed to really get it.”


From start to finish, Early In The Morning is a ten-song recollection of one man’s journey through a time of change and transition. Having four years worth of songs written and endless time to document them allowed for James to dissect each song and perfect. Early In The Morning begins with a five-part harmony echoing over the sounds of an organ and folk guitar in the eerie opener, If I Had A Boat. “ I always knew when I wrote this song that it would open the album,” acknowledges James. “The last two years that preceded this record being made involved some of the greatest change I’d ever experienced, physical, emotional and spiritual. When I write lyrics they come together in a pretty uncoordinated way, lines get written, slowly link up until a story reveals itself. It was only when I was finished that I looked back and saw the words for what they were, realized what they meant.” Serving as a perfect prelude to the nine tracks that follow, If I Had A Boat lyrically captures the underlying tone of the entire album. Written about transformation and change, the first song is equal parts thoughtfully crafted words and inventive instrumental arrangements, serving as a foundation for the songs to come.

Towards the latter half of the record a darker tone emerges, or as James puts it, “the closest I’ll ever get to proper mythical fantasy writing!” These songs are where we find him at his most literate and ornate, creating ominous figures, and a wholly tangible sense of tension and foreboding. Drawing on his childhood love of Roald Dahl, as well as his fascination with American novelists such as John Steinbeck and F Scott Fitzgerald, James draws life from their writings because “they all examine the darker less spoken about aspects of life, solitude, disillusionment. I’m not one for defining a lyric, or what it definitively means, but songs like ‘follow you down to the red oak tree’, ‘from the woods’, and ‘down the burning ropes’ are certainly me exorcising the underside of my personality. The characters I create in those songs, the ones existing in the shadows, they are all elements of me for sure”

And then the album draws to a close just as it started, bucolic five-part harmony. The title track of the record, which James describes as a “simple ode to the love that I have”, is backed by a banjo and a piano, a folk round that fades out as quietly as it arrives, the squeak of the piano stool a final reminder of the homespun nature of what has just occurred.
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James Vincent McMorrow's Post Tropical out now!

The eagerly-awaited sophomore release from Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow is now available everywhere!

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Post Tropical cut "Glaciers" is the January 14 iTunes Song of The Week in Canada! Click smarturl.it " target="_blank">HERE for a free download of the song while the offer lasts.

James is preparing for an extensive UK/European tour that will find round off with a North American string of dates. Canadian shows are listed below, click dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE for a full tour route.

James Vincent McMorrow Canadian Tour Dates
Mar 21 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theatre
Mar 23 Edmonton, AB @ McDougall United Church
Mar 25 Winnipeg, MB @ WECC
Mar 26 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Centre
Mar 27 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Mar 28 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
Mar 30 London, ON @ London Music Hall
Apr 01 Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
Apr 02 Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
Apr 03 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
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James Vincent McMorrow announces North American tour

In support of his sophomore release, Post Tropical, Irish crooner James Vincent McMorrow has announced a new headlining North American tour. The dates will take him from The Roxy Theatre in LA on March 17 through to his second and final Coachella set on April 20. The full list of dates can be found below or bit.ly target="_blank">HERE on his tour page.

UPCOMING CANADIAN SHOWS
3/21 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theatre
3/23 - Edmonton, @ McDougall United Church
3/25 - Winnipeg @ WECC
3/30 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
4/01 - Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
4/02 - Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
4/03 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda

Additional North American Tour Dates
3/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
3/18 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
3/20 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
3/26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Centre
3/27 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
3/28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
4/04 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/05 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/08 - Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
4/09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/13 & 4/20 - Coachella

Post Tropical is set for a January 14 release, with pre-orders available on iTunes.

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Click bit.ly target="_blank">HERE to stream the album on MTV or bit.ly target="_blank">HERE to stream it on CBC Music.
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Stream James Vincent McMorrow's Post Tropical

Though it doesn't officially drop until Tuesday, January 14, fans can now listen to James Vincent McMorrow's sophomore release, Post Tropical, in full exclusively on The Leak via MTV.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click here to stream Post Tropical on MTV's The Leak.

UK and European fans will be pleased to know that the Irish crooner will be passing through in January and February in support of the album and its release. For a full list of tour dates, click bit.ly target="_blank">HERE.
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James Vincent McMorrow premieres "Red Dust" video on Rolling Stone

James Vincent McMorrow has premiered the new video for "Red Dust" exclusively on Rolling Stone. The track is a cut off forthcoming album, Post Tropical, which is due for a January 14, 2014 release via Dine Alone records and available now for digitsal pre-order.

smarturl.it target="_blank">Click here to pre-order Post Tropical on iTunes.

Rolling Stone describes the dramatic video as being both "ambiguous and at times unsettling," with the soundtrack generously amplifying the its intensity as it chronicles a young girl's questioning of her own identity.

rol.st target="_blank">Click here to watch "Red Dust" via Rolling Stone.

James will be heading out on an Australian and European tour in the near future. Click bit.ly target="_blank">HERE for a full list of tour stops.
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Watch James Vincent McMorrow's "Cavalier" video

Irish crooner James Vincent McMorrow has premiered the new video for "Cavalier" exclusively on NPR. The song comes to fans as the first single off his forthcoming album, Post Tropical, which is slated for release on January 14, 2014 via Dine Alone Records.

n.pr target="_blank">Click here to watch the Cavalier video on NPR.

The video, directed by the talented Aoife McArdle, depicts man engaging in a night of pure substance-infused hedonism with unnerving moments straight through to the end. James says of the McArdle, "[she] heard something in it, the melody, the lyric, the rhythm, and this is what she created in response. I love it. It's dark in places, vivid and bright in others, it gives my song another dimension and aspect."

Regarding the album, McMorrow tells NME his "hope with the video was that it would add another dimension to the song. He adds, "[Post Tropical] is the most beautiful thing I could imagine making. I don't mean that in some intangible or pretentious way. I mean I heard something in my head — the texture, the rhythm, the melody — and I pursued it until it existed. I wanted to push myself as a musician in a way I've never pushed myself before."

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