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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 announces Western Canadian tour dates

James Vincent McMorrow will bring his ethereal voice to Western Canada this winter. Dates below.

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Western Canadian tour dates:

Feb 23 - Knox United - Calgary, AB
Feb 24 - Winspear - Edmonton, AB
Feb 26 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC
Feb 27 - Alix Gooldin - Victoria, BC
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James Vincent McMorrow releases "Look Out" video

James Vincent McMorrow has released a video for "Look Out" off his 2014 album, Post Tropical. The new video was directed by Emma J Doyle. Read James' statement about the inspiration behind the shots:

I made this video because I wanted to capture on camera the lights and 3D mapping we've created to use on tour. The song is one of my favourites to play off of Post Tropical, I chose it because I face out on stage every single night, and I've always wanted to see what the lights look like choreographing the flow of it, and have a record of it to keep.

It's not a single, I made it purely to capture something that I love, and to share with people before we start touring again in a few weeks.

It's also the first time I've properly been in a video like this... I say 'in' the video, technically I'm in there... That's me, sitting as quietly as possible in the middle, trying not to distract too much.

This video is all about the lights.

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Post Tropical Deluxe Edition Announced

Thrilled to announce that we will release a deluxe edition of James Vincent McMorrow's 2014 album, Post Tropical. The extended version of the record is set for release November 10th and will include previously unreleased material, remixes and solo recordings.

Listen">soundcloud.com to bonus track, "You Know," via Soundcloud.
Post Tropical Deluxe Edition track list:

1. When I Leave (bonus track)
2. You Know (bonus track)
3. New Romancers Ft. Moors (bonus track)
4. Red Dust (live / solo version)
5. All Points (live / solo version)
6. Cavalier (1975 remix)
7. Cavalier (DPAT remix)
8. Glacier (Atu remix)
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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.

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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