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Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow performed and recorded all the songs himself on this impressive full-length debut. Recorded over several months at a cottage near the sea, the setting perfectly matches the introspective and isolated mood of the album. The simple and warm recording style features gorgeous multi-tracked harmonies throughout, especially on the gripping opener, “If I Had a Boat,” and the focus is on McMorrow’s captivating voice which alternates between a soulful falsetto and a breathy tenor. The songs are supported by spare arrangements using guitars, keyboards, a stripped-down drum kit, and the occasional banjo. Most are imbued with a hushed beauty that accentuates the stirring lyrics and strong melodies (“Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low,” “This Old Dark Machine,” “Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree”), while others start quietly before building to a crescendo as on “We Don’t Eat,” “Sparrow and the Wolf,” and “From the Woods.” Fans of Iron & Wire, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and other creators of intimate bedroom folk will surely appreciate Early In the Morning.

Customer Reviews

New love

amazing! gave this guy a chance and i have never looked back. We Don't Eat and If I Had a Boat are perfect.


What a beautiful record I've stumbled upon.

Whats all the fuss about ....

Really just an ok album for me. Most of the songs sound the same. After a few tracks his whispering vocals kind of got sick of it. Oh well....


Born: January 14, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow began his musical life only after he was well into his teens. Initially a drummer, he was drawn to the harsher sounds of At the Drive-In, Refused, and Glassjaw. He mellowed some while at college, where he discovered the more acoustic-oriented sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Band of Horses. He picked up a guitar at 19 after hearing Donny Hathaway's "I Love You More Than You Will Ever Know," and began writing songs and digging into the music of the '70s singer/songwriter...
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