Published Jan 18, 2011Irish folkster James Vincent McMorrow released his debut LP, Early in the Morning, almost a year ago in his homeland. Soon, you won't have to fork out expensive import fees to pick up a copy, however, as the album will finally get an official Canadian release. The songwriter has been snapped up by Dine Alone Records, who will issue Early in the Morning on January 25 in Canada.
McMorrow self-recorded the album over five months in a secluded house by the sea. A press release says that the collection is "laced with hauntingly gracious melodies, mythical story lines, and musical structures that lend themselves to the traditional folk style that emerged in the States in the 1960s."
Click on the embedded video at the bottom of the page to listen to the album track "If I Had a Boat." It's not to be confused with the Lyle Lovett song of the same name, and its spectral falsetto harmonies evoke recent folk favourites like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.
McMorrow is currently planning a North America tour for 2011. Currently, he has just one date booked in Toronto at Canadian Music Week on March 11.
Early in the Morning:
1. "If I Had a Boat"
2. "Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low"
3. "Sparrow and the Wolf"
4. "Breaking Hearts"
5. "We Don't Eat"
6. "This Old Dark Machine"
7. "Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree"
8. "Down the Burning Ropes"
9. "From the Woods!!"
10. "And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop"
11. "Early in the Morning, I'll Come Calling"