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James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow
Monday, November 14
Phoenix Concert Theatre
Door 7pm / Show 8pm
Tickets incl. HST $29.50-$49.50 plus service charges
General Admission and Reserved Balcony Seating/All Ages
Thursday, July 7 from 10am 10pm
Tickets on sale Friday, July 8 at 10am
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2016 has already proven to be quite the year for Irish troubadour James Vincent McMorrow. He recently surpassed 100 million streams, had the opportunity to lend his gorgeous vocals to Kygos popular single Im in Love, and was featured in the quickly-viral trailer for the latest season of Game of Thrones.
Today, McMorrow is thrilled to announce that his latest album We Move will be released on September 2 via Dine Alone Records in Canada. The first single Rising Water, which premiered yesterday via Annie Macs BBC Radio 1 show, is now available to listen to. In support of his latest effort, McMorrow will be returning to Canada for a slew of dates in November kicking off in Montreal on November 12. Fans who pre-order We Move from the Dine Alone webstore between July 5 and until 10 pm EST on July 7, will receive exclusive access to pre-order tickets for the Canadian dates. The album is also available to pre-order at https://jamesvmcmorrow.lnk.to/wemove.
Fans who pre-order the record digitally will receive Rising Water as an instant download.
We Move follows 2010s Early In The Morning and acclaimed follow-up Post Tropical, which was nominated for Irelands Choice Music Prize and lead to numerous sold-out shows worldwide. Written in constant transition and recorded between Toronto, Dublin and London We Move is James Vincent McMorrows most expansive, generous and ambitious record to date. There is 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, its about celebrating mental fragility and how we move forward in life, rather than people listening to my songs and believing that Im out in the forest all day long, thinking about trees. Because Im actually at home, trying to convince myself to go out and get milk.
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 hed 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 hed 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 McMorrows all-time heroes, Jimmy Douglass - known for his work from Donny Hathaway through to Timbaland who finessed the records warm, vintage yet forward-thinking feel.
The result is an album about movement geographically, mentally, emotionally which remains focused on finding your place in that future. First track Rising Water is starkly-produced and skyscraper-sized in its sense of catharsis I never once was sad for what Ive done: Evil, meanwhile, questions whether you might in fact be a bad person, because you dont see life the way other people do conveying a celebratory tone rather than ominous, however. Heavier still is I Lie Awake Every Night, which sees James address for the first time the eating disorder he has battled since he was a child its about lying in hospital when I was a kid, thinking I shouldnt be there, and trying to reconcile those two things. We Move reacts against McMorrows instincts to obscure ideas such as this, and ultimately embraces a shared, collective awkwardness, and the idea that maybe were all putting on a brave face in some way.
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. Its 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 its possible to what you want to keep, and lose what you want to lose.
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