James Vincent McMorrow – We Move

Tuesday 06th, September 2016 / 14:30
By Cole Parker

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Despite two successful albums in his home country of Ireland, multi-instrumentalist James Vincent McMorrow’s most popular song is still a cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.” It’s admittedly a beautiful rendition, marked by soft piano and McMorrow’s beautiful falsetto. Like with any cover though, you wonder if the artist behind it has any creative spark of their own. While his debut was made up of what you might expect from a cover artist, filled to the brim with acoustic guitar and simplistic piano arrangements, his second release, 2014’s Post Tropical, showed definite growth. We Move, McMorrow’s newest release, builds atop of the lush soundscapes and 808-fueled R&B croons of his sophomore LP by upping the tempo a bit and filling the sparseness of the instrumentals with psych rock inspired guitars and layers of reverb. McMorrow still manages to keep the intimacy and heavy-heartedness of his arrangements intact, mostly thanks to his supernatural upper register. That falsetto is powerful, able to evoke raw emotion and energy like few others can, and it’s what allows him to build each track off We Move to a cathartic conclusion. Lead single “Rising Water” capitalizes on the psychedelic influence with a relaxed jam about desperation after a lost love. Other highlights include “Evil,” featuring a crazy fun vocal-sample driven breakdown at the end and “Surreal,” a soaring ballad that shows off McMorrow’s voice perfectly.

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