James Vincent McMorrow
Special Edition of âEarly In The Morningâ released February 5
UK Tour: February 15, Royal Festival Hall (sold out)
âSounds both fresh and as if theyâve been in your head foreverâŚMcMorrowâs debut deserves its successâ Q, ****
“The Irish songsmith’s haunting, soulful sound blossoms….he will be unstoppable” Guardian ****
âVocals, lyrics and arrangements whose restraint and subtlety are totally at odds with the profound impact and resonance of his songsâ Sunday Times Culture
âDusky vignettes on unseen and wondrous magicâŚgorgeousâ NME
âCaptivatingâŚAn arresting journey from emotional trials to aural pleasureâ Uncut, ****
âHis high, hoarse timbre is used to magnificent effectâ Mojo, ****
Dublinâs James Vincent McMorrow will release a special edition of his acclaimed debut album, âEarly in the Morningâ, on February 5 (Believe Digital). This follows the Top 20 success of McMorrowâs new single, âHigher Loveâ, which currently soundtracks the LoveFilm adverts. James will now tour the UK in February, before playing a sell-out date at Londonâs Royal Festival Hall on February 15.
âEarly In the Morningâ has earned James an extensive fan-base and significant critical plaudits since its release in March 2010. The record has since gone Gold, been nominated for the Choice Music Prize â the Irish Mercury â and seen McMorrow spend the last two years touring the US and Europe extensively (stopping off at Glastonbury, Latitude and âLater…With Jools Hollandâ along the way). This beautiful special edition of the record sees the addition of McMorrowâs most recent hit, âHigher Loveâ, as part of an extra disc of bonus tracks: these include live takes of the album track âWe Donât Eatâ and Chris Isaakâs âWicked Gameâ, together with the gorgeous âWe Are Ghostsâ.
The success of âEarly In The Morningâ is far removed from the slow-but-steady route McMorrow took when making music. Having begun his career drumming in hardcore bands, James dropped out of college and spent his teens laboriously teaching himself how to sing and write songs: four years were dedicated to simply learning his craft, whilst making ends meet pushing trolleys at an airport. McMorrow later accepted the offer of a six-month stint in an isolated house by the Irish Sea, where his songwriting finally flourished. An album quickly emerged inspired by everything from Donny Hathaway to the dark, turn-of-the-century narratives of John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald. As his recent success is a testament to, Jamesâ pursuit of perfectionism was worth the wait.
February 8 – Liverpool –Â Masque
February 9 – Gateshead –Â Sage
February 10 – Sheffield –Â Plug
February 11 –Â Bristol –Â Fleece
February 12 –Â Oxford –Â Academy
February 13 –Â Norwich –Â Arts Centre
February 15 –Â London –Â Royal Festival Hall *sold out*