Artwork by Emma J Doyle.
Dine Alone is excited to announce the release of James Vincent McMorrow sophomore LP. Post Tropical will be released on January 14 in Canada. A European tour has been confirmed for the New Year, including a headline London show at the Barbican on January 26. A trailer featuring new music from Post Tropical debuted today, with the album’s first single set to premiere in the coming weeks. Watch the trailer for the new album here.
Written, produced, and performed entirely by McMorrow, Post Tropical was recorded on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border located between El Paso and ruthless bustle of Juárez. Built up slowly and spontaneously from hundreds of non-linear sound files and lyric pages, the result is 10 stunning, meticulously crafted original songs. Its broadened horizons may come as a surprise to everyone but McMorrow himself, who has harbored a lifelong love of hip-hop and atmospheric R&B. “I wanted to give this record the feel and movement of the R&B records that I love,” he says.
It’s a step forward that is immediately apparent on album opener and first single “Cavalier” – a brooding twist on the Slow-Jam, which builds quietly from hushed keys and hand-claps to soaring brass, beats and McMorrow’s idiosyncratic falsetto. Across the album, the sounds and melodies evolved from a painstaking process of building texture: there are 808s on the haunting “Red Dust,” looped piano on ‘Looking Out’, and 50 mandolins made to sound like a waterfall on “The Lakes.”
Post Tropical is the follow-up to McMorrow’s acclaimed 2011 debut album, Early in the Morning and earned McMorrow a #1 debut, a Jools Holland performance, and platinum certification in Ireland. “I’m so proud of that album, but I never longed to be a guy with a guitar,” says McMorrow, “The texture of this record is completely different.”
McMorrow has confirmed the following UK and Ireland shows for 2014 and will announce further plans for Post Tropical and North American tour dates in the coming weeks
11.16 TORONTO, ON GREAT HALL
11.21 New York, NY Joe’s Pub
01.24 Manchester Manchester Cathedral
01.25 Bristol St George’s
01.26 London Barbican Centre
01.28 Glasgow Celtic Connections @ City Hall
01.30 Galway Seapoint
01.31 Cork Cork Opera House
02.01 Limerick University Concert Hall
02.02 Kilkenny The Set Theatre
02.04 Dublin National Concert Hall