James Vincent McMorrow’s upcoming album ‘We Move’ will be supported by a number of UK shows, including a performance at The Roundhouse on 17 October.
The Dublin-born singer and songwriter’s third studio album and accompanying tour tops a busy 2016 that has seen a collaboration with Kygo and his cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ feature in the trailer for the latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’.
The follow-up to 2014’s ‘Post Tropical’ began taking shape while the musician was on tour and writing songs commissioned by other artists. Freed of the expectations he’d put on his own songwriting, he continued to explore new musical directions once off the road, putting down ideas in Barcelona, Canada, and Los Angeles.
Unsurprisingly, then, the songs are about movement – geographic, mental, and emotional – and how we move forward in life, rather than “people listening to my songs and believing that I’m out in the forest all day long, thinking about trees. Because I’m actually at home, trying to convince myself to go out and get milk.”
So McMorrow covers subjects like anxiety, social unease, and, on ‘I Lie Awake Every Night’, his lifelong struggle with an eating disorder: “It’s about lying in hospital when I was a kid, thinking I shouldn’t be there, and trying to reconcile those two things.”
With a clear idea of how he wanted the album to sound – “I grew up wanting to write songs like Neil Young but produce them like The Neptunes” – he recruited a few co-producers he’d met on his travels: Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), Nineteen85 (Drake, DVSN), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna).
Recorded between Toronto, Dublin, and London, the completed album was mixed in Miami by Jimmy Douglass, one of McMorrow’s heroes, known for his work on music by everyone from Donny Hathaway to Timbaland.
‘We Move’ is released on 2 September 2016.