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James Vincent McMorrow - Early In The Morning

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    Audio Mixer: Mike Cave. Photographer: Miss Emma J. Doyle. Arranger: James Vincent McMorrow. Early in the Morning is Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow's debut. He cut it himself over five months in a cottage by the sea. It was released to a......more

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Audio Mixer: Mike Cave. Photographer: Miss Emma J. Doyle. Arranger: James Vincent McMorrow. Early in the Morning is Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow's debut. He cut it himself over five months in a cottage by the sea. It was released to acclaim in Great Britain in March of 2010, and worldwide in January 2011. McMorrow claims his influences as Joni Mitchell, Band of Horses, and Sufjan Stevens, but one need listen no further than "If I Had a Boat" -- the set's opener and first single -- to clearly hear Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes in the mix as well. McMorrow's brand of folkish pop is chock-full of tight hooks and arrangements, with his high-pitched falsetto amid lush five-part harmonies. "If I Had a Boat" begins sparsely with his multi-tracked vocals singing a cappella with a hint of reverb before an organ, an electric slide guitar line, a snare, and a kick drum announce the rest of his instruments. It's a pleading love song that begins with frail vulnerability before gaining confidence and momentum as it builds to a crescendo as a banjo authoritatively guides his words toward the transcendent. "Sparrow & the Wolf," with its skittering double-timed rhythmic thrust (courtesy of a relentless snare drum) is reminiscent of skiffle, but the echoes of Stevens' quirky song structures anchor it in present-day indie rock. "This Old Dark Machine" has more than a bit of Mitchell's "Woodstock" melody in it. It begins as a moper, but quickly picks up its tempo and becomes dynamic, with layered harmonies and acoustic guitars warmly yet forcefully propelling it. There are some weepers in the mix, too, as evidenced by the spare, haunting, "Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree" and "Breaking Hearts," the latter with a strolling piano, mandolin, guitar, and banjo. McMorrow has a way of taking even these, his darkest, most yearning lyrics, and setting them inside melodies and arrangements that break their barriers with catchy refrains, reaching codas and lush textures. "And...
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Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 If I Had a Boat
  2. 2 Hear the Noise That Moves so Soft and Low
  3. 3 Sparrow & the Wolf
  4. 4 Breaking Hearts
  5. 5 We Don't Eat
  6. 6 This Old Dark Machine
  7. 7 Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree
  8. 8 Down the Burning Ropes
  9. 9 From the Woods!!
  10. 10 And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop
  11. 11 Early in the Morning, I'll Come Calling
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Alternative
Label:
Vagrant Records
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
45 : 12
Editorial Reviews:
Alternative Press (pp.87-89) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "His ability to paint a melodic tapestry is evident right away on the lead track, 'If I Had A Boat'..." Uncut (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "McMorrow's ruminative, ghostly register caresses the tenderest areas of grief and loss....An arresting journey from emotional trials to aural pleasure."
UPC:
601091064621
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