Singer-songerwriter James Vincent McMorrow made his bones pumping out heartbreaking, folksy tracks recorded in the middle of nowhere, but 2016 has seen the Irish musician take his lovely falsetto in an entirely new direction, one that is more soulful, more R&B, and borne out of collaboration rather than isolation.
In July, McMorrow told The FADER that the new sound on his forthcoming album, We Move, could be attributed in part to the influence and style of Drake's OVO label, which seems to have helped McMorrow tap into a part of his creative process he hadn't explored before. "Everybody that knows me knows that my love [for music] was from hip-hop, and sort of that production background," McMorrow said at the time. "I've never necessarily put that into a record before because it's hard to explain where I come from musically to people."
Well, if "Rising Water," the first single from the Dubliner's upcoming LP, and brand new track "Get Low" are any indication, McMorrow has truly figured out how to marry his longtime interest in hip-hop to his work. Listen to "Get Low" above via Spotify.
We Move is out on September 2.