I love music. I guess that was obvious, but sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of that fact. Hearing a new album by an artist you’ve never heard before – one who sounds eerily familiar and surprisingly fresh at the same time – is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal.
I’ve been listening to James Vincent McMorrow’s forthcoming album “Early In The Morning” basically on repeat for the past few days, and it’s been hitting me in the musical gut each time I press play. The album has a very distinct “early summer Sunday morning on a front porch while the remnants of a thunderstorm gently fade away.” Listen to the album, close your eyes, and try not to think about the scene I just painted for you.
And that’s one of the reasons why I’m connecting with this album so much – because it’s not just the sounds that are appealing, but the picture that’s painted with the music. Sure, the fact that James is able to recall The Fleet Foxes, The Antlers, and Bon Iver isn’t a bad thing. But to merely sound like great musicians isn’t enough; you’ve got to use your music to truly create a scene, paint a picture, and tell a story. James does this with surprising ease.
Check out the opening track for free download below, stream the album either on James’ site or on My Old Kentucky Blog, keep your eyes peeled for an interview with James, and buy this album (hard copy or digital). This way you’ll be able to say you were a James Vincent McMorrow fan before he was famous, and you’ll have the LP to prove it. Enjoy!