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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.

Customer Reviews

What a beautiful sound!

Do you ever have those moments where you don't think you can love someone more than you already do but then they do something that blows you away and all of a sudden you do?? That is my feelings with McMorrow's new sound. I've been a huge fan for quite awhile now and didn't think I could love his music anymore but this song has changed it all. It is different from his previous stuff but it is welcome and well-received. Waiting until January for the rest is going to be pure torture. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen. You won't regret it.

Put on your headphones

James has done it again, but in a completely new way. This album is exactly that: an Album. It calls you to listen to it as a full piece, not singles (although each song can be listened to and enjoyed independently). Post Tropical is reminiscent of Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" and and Bon Iver's "Bon Iver" in that they almost totally reject the previous acoustic-based album and instead bring forth a sonic boom and leave the listener asking the question, "how did he make that sound?!"
Do yourself a favor and put on your headphones; this album deserves your full attention.

Worth your listen.

Unbelievably beautiful, emotional album. A different sound from his debut album, remaining true to his lyrical styling.


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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