BY HALEY WISE
Despite having one of the sweetest and dreamiest voices to grace the soundwaves this decade, James Vincent McMorrow has a quintessential Irish Folk style and the modest attitude of just a guy with a guitar. However, if his platinum debut album and Choice Music Prize nomination didn’t gain the recognition he deserves, it’s all coming together for him in 2014.
Post Tropical, his sophomore album, was recorded on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border. Within the boundaries of no mans land near El Paso Texas, Sonic Ranch is situated in isolation to provide the peace and tranquility necessary to record magic. This studio has facilitated album production by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, Explosions in the Sky and many more.
The budding folk star has landed himself a hefty North American tour, culminating with a spot on the Coachella Music and Arts Festival lineup. Although the artist has been compared to Bon Iver in harsh light, the haunting beauty and depth of his vocals are too palpable to be anything but genuine.
McMorrow told Vagrant Magazine, “I just wanted to make the most beautiful thing that I could imagine. And that was it,” and indeed it is one of the most beautiful compilations of music we have heard in a long time.
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