Genre-bending Irish musician James Vincent McMorrow is a master of stirring up emotion, combining haunting vocals and beautifully sparse arrangements to stunning effect on his swelling compositions. While his 2010 debut fit relatively comfortably in the realm of indie folk, 2014's Post Tropical is another story, combining elements of R&B, hip hop, and electronica on subtly layered productions that evade genre categorization. And then there's that voice — a falsetto that's certainly broken a few hearts, as flooring in live concert as it is on record. Already a revered live performer in Europe, Morrow has North American audiences eagerly awaiting his 2014 tour dates.
Ireland's James Vincent McMorrow picked up the guitar at 19, developing an idiosyncratic singing and songwriting style that he claims owes much to female artists of the '70s due to the lofty pitch of his voice. After cutting his teeth performing in local pubs, McMorrow isolated himself in a coastal cabin to record his debut, 2010's Early in the Morning. The album was a hit, garnering positive reviews, a No. 1 chart position, and platinum certification from the RIAA. In 2011, McMorrow's cover of Steve Winwood's '80s gem "Higher Love" brought him even more attention, getting picked up for a popular British ad campaign. With the 2014 release of sophomore album Post Tropical, McMorrow unveiled a new stylistic direction, once again climbing the charts and embarking on an international tour.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
"JVM is a legend in the making. The music blankets his melancholy lyrical genius. It is truly timeless. If you haven't seen him, do it now while he is emerging ... or regret it later."
"He and the group were so ON. They were even better in person that we could have imagined. James' voice is superb and the band was so in sync."
"I've never posted a review before, but James Vincent McMorrow deserves far more praise than the world has given him thus far. In a word: INCREDIBLE. What an absolutely mind-blowing voice he has."