James Vincent McMorrow

James Vincent McMorrow made a splash with his debut album, Early In The Morning, released in March of last year. Dublin’s answer to Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) just released a video for “We Don’t Eat” which reminded me how great that album is, especially considering it was written and self-produced in an isolated house by the sea off the coast of Ireland by a guy that had thrown in the towel on his day job – pushing trolleys around in an airport.

From the album:

James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat

Video: James Vincent McMorrow – We Don’t Eat


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James Vincent McMorrow is Dublin’s answer to Bon Iver. His debut album, Early In The Morning, was released in March of 2010 in Ireland and landed at #1 in iTunes in that country proving that Ireland has better taste in music than the United States.

Early In The Morning was just released this week in the states via Vagrant Records (The Hold Stead, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, J. Roddy Walston and The Business). I’m just digging in, but I’d best describe his sound as a cross between Bon Iver (vocals and slow tempo tracks), Megafaun (sparse banjo plucking), and Mumford and Sons (upbeat tracks with commercial appeal).  Early In The Morning mostly consists of folk-inspired music featuring acoustic guitar, banjo, organ, and James’ signature falsetto vocals.

James Vincent McMorrow will garner his fair share of buzz in 2011. And deservedly so. Although it’s early, I predict this album will show up on many best of 2011 lists.

James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat

Video: James Vincent McMorrow – This Old Dark Machine

James Vincent McMorrow – Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree