Video: Kevin Morby, “Harlem River”

Listen to “Harlem River,” the title track of Kevin Morby’s debut solo album.

January 23, 2014

Kansas City native Kevin Morby has been kicking around the Brooklyn rock scene for the past five years, playing bass in long-time psych-folk band Woods and sharing front-person duties with ex-Vivian Girls member Cassie Ramone in The Babies. Around Thanksgiving last year, he dropped his first solo album via Woods-affiliated imprint Woodsist—a narrative-driven "homage to New York City" with the sort of sparse, clean production that really showcases his skills as a songwriter and wordsmith. Here's a vaguely Hawaiian hula-themed, Adarsha Benjamin-directed video for the suspensefully unfolding title track "Harlem River," featuring a lyrical nod to Lou Reed's "Heroin" (I think) and co-starring actress Jena Malone (for some reason). Tourdates below.

01/23 Chicago, IL – Schubas *
01/24 Madison, WI – The Frequency *
01/25 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry *
01/27 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
01/28 Norman, OK – Opolis *
01/29 Austin, TX – Mohawk Inside *
01/31 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
02/01 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
02/03 Long Beach, CA – Carpenter House
02/04 San Francisco – Woodshoppe @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall

* = w/ Cate Le Bon

Video: Kevin Morby, “Harlem River”