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When this Dublin-based singer/songwriter released his debut album in 2010, he earned international acclaim for its collection of shopworn, heartbroken folk. On his second studio album, McMorrow strips away everything but his distinctive falsetto, replacing tambourines with 808s and guitars with delicately constructed samples. The result is breathtaking, a warm blanket of sound that marries the nuanced minimal electronic music of James Blake with the cinematic indie folk of Bon Iver. "The Lakes" features a collage of 12 sampled mandolins, "Look Out”  blooms from somber chords into a waterfall of square-wave synthesizers and crashing cymbals, and "Glacier" builds from a mournful piano accompaniment to choral chants. It’s a gorgeous, daring album.

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Didn't think it was possible...

It's very hard to make an album as good at your debut. So I thought it was pretty impossible for it to be better, but it is!!!


So an amazing thing happened to me while previewing this album -- I was completely, entirely, helplessly entranced by this music, sucked up into and held (delightful) prisoner to what the iTunes review referred to as a "breathtaking, lush soundscape." I've never seen a description more appropriate for a sound -- breathtaking, lush soundscape. Soundscape. It has the same effect on me that I feel when alone in a forest, surrounded by the power of nature, a beautiful landscape. In fact, I haven't felt this much power encapsulating me, and filling me with sheer, indescribable delight, since viewing a sunrise on a cold, foggy morning from the top of a mountain.

Any and all comparisons between "Post Tropical" and the music of Bon Iver hold water, and I'm inclined to admit that if you hated Bon Iver's sound, you likely won't appreciate this album. However, it should be noted that I, with my incredibly wide taste in music, found it difficult to get completely lost in Bon Iver's albums. That's not the case here. As I already noted, this music instantly grabs me and doesn't let go until the album ends. There's a very notable difference between McMorrow's and Vernon's music, and while I can't necessarily describe it, I implore you to give this a listen before dismissing it as "too similar to Bon Iver." I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Etherial Transcendance

Post Tropical is a stunning album! It accomplishes what I love most about music: it transcends space and time and takes you into another magical place. His music makes me soar and dance the hell out of it- gorgeous, gorgeous album.
Although many are describing it as a departure, I disagree, I feel he has built upon his foundation. Fans of the first album should enjoy this one immensely, and it definitely is also the type of album to entice new listeners.
Music doesn't get much better than this. He was blessed with a beautiful gift and I'm so thankful he chose to share it!


Born: January 14, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow didn't begin his musical life until 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...
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