James Vincent McMorrow has announced plans for new album ‘We Move’, which will be released on Faction Records on September 2nd 2016 (with new single ‘Rising Water’ premiering today). This follows 2010’s platinum-selling ‘Early In The Morning’, which also reached number 1 in Ireland, and acclaimed follow-up ‘Post Tropical’ (nominated for the Choice Music Prize, and leading to sold-out worldwide shows spanning two nights at Sydney Opera House to London’s Barbican & Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and Dublin’s National Concert Hall). 2016 has already seen McMorrow surpass 100+ million streams, collaborate with Kygo, and feature in the quickly-viral trailer for the latest series of Game of Thrones, with further album and live plans to follow shortly.
Lead single, ‘Rising Water’, goes to radio today!
Written in constant transition – and recorded between Toronto, Dublin and London – ‘We Move’ is James Vincent McMorrow’s most expansive, generous and ambitious record to date. There is, on the other hand, something more stripped-back – vulnerable, even – surfacing for the first time: far from the dense, protective imagery at the heart of ‘Post Tropical’, ‘We Move’ is ultimately a record open in its portrait of anxiety and social unease. For McMorrow, it’s about celebrating mental fragility – and how we move forward in life.
The first steps to ‘We Move’ took place in 2014, when James – having been asked to write for different artists’ projects – started sketching out ideas for others on tour (and subsequently stopped over-analysing his own work). Intent on doing the opposite of everything he’d done thus far, McMorrow then came off the road, but kept exploring: first through Barcelona, then Canada, and stopping in Los Angeles for six particularly fish-out-of-water months, where the songs for the album crystallised. He returned to Dublin determined not to just produce another album himself, but to work with people who could articulate the unique world he heard in his head (“I grew up wanting to write songs like Neil Young but produce them like The Neptunes”). And so James reached out to a few key co-producers he’d met whilst travelling, who formed the backbone of ‘We Move’: namely, Nineteen85 (Drake, DVSN), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna). Mixing took place largely in Miami with one of McMorrow’s all-time heroes, Jimmy Douglass – known for his work from Donny Hathaway through to Timbaland – who finessed the record’s warm, vintage yet forward-thinking feel.
Beginning with ‘Rising Water’, ‘We Move’ continues a remarkable journey for the Dublin-born singer and songwriter, whose early work offered little clue as to the sounds and situations that would follow. It’s a remarkably assured collection, informed by this idea that you might not have to listen to others when they tell you how they think life is supposed to go; and that as you grow up, you lose things along the way. Rather, ‘We Move’ suggests it’s possible to keep what you want to keep, and lose what you want to lose.
WE MOVE Track list
1. Rising Water
2. I Lie Awake Every Night
3. Last Story
4. One Thousand Times
6. Get Low
7. Killer Whales
8. Seek Another
10. Lost Angles
Alongside the album, James has also announced two Irish dates at The Black Box in Galway on October 5th, and the National Stadium, Dublin on October 7th.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday July 8th. Tickets for the Galway show are €30 for members, €32.50 for non-members, and tickets for the Dublin show are €36.50 including booking fee and available from Ticketmaster.ie