First Listen: Cavalier by James Vincent McMorrow

A few years back James Vincent McMorrow released an album that received a fair bit of justified love. It was quite unabashedly a folk album, recorded in a few months of solitude  in a cabin in Ireland. Yes, I know that in this post-Bon Iver epoch, such narratives are now sneered at, but he seems like an earnest guy. One thing that just about anyone could say of McMorrow is that his voice is sublime. Another things is that his surname sounds like a McDonalds campaign suggesting you should make dinner plans a day early: ‘have a day off, have a McMorrow.’

I didn’t actually buy his first album, but a mate claimed the songs weren’t great. I have listened to it though, and it seemed like something I’d be very interested in listening to somewhat regularly for a short-to-moderate period of time. But forget the old album, Twitter ensures we have to live in the moment! And at the moment, let’s think about his new song, Cavalier! I’m getting more Hayden Calnin vibes than anything traditionally considered to be ‘folk.’ Although maybe sparse vocals with really subtle electronic instrumentation is the direction of folk music. The Starry Field used it to fantastic effect in the song The Fisherman on his album from earlier this year. Here’s Cavalier:

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It made me want to listen again to Ben Howard’s song Depth Over Distance. You may know him, but you may not know the song, which rips on anything else he’s ever done.

EDIT: I love the bridge here. It’s unexpected, slightly chaotic, and reminds me of the later stages of Lonely by The Middle East, which is only a good thing.

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3 Responses to First Listen: Cavalier by James Vincent McMorrow

  1. tommy says:

    I really like the new one. You should give the old record a spin, it’s not a classic but there are a few individual gems + you had me at McMorrow.

  2. amacdonald56 says:

    Reblogged this on These Same Hands and commented:
    Cracker of a song! Also, props to G-trav, always enjoy his posts over at “i heard a song today.” Dig it.

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