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Last month, James Vincent McMorrow put out “Cavalier” as a taster for things to come from his sophomore album Post Tropical. It was a mix of James Blake and Justin Vernon, going a more electro place but still grounded in that singer/songwriter folksy kind of place. The next one from Post Tropical to come is ”Red Dust” follows in the same stead, with 808 bass beats and handclaps alongside beautifully simple piano moments. And of course James Vincent McMorrow’s layered falsetto gels it all together, quite excited about this new album.
Post Tropical is out January 14.
Funnily enough, just found out that “Red Dust” is actually quite an old track, just jazzed up for the new album, here’s the original.
The comparison that James Vincent McMorrow got when he first came out was Bon Iver. They were both guys who wrote folk albums in secluded places. And like Bon Iver, on his new material McMorrow switches things up and goes a little post r&b (like “Beth/Rest”) except the comparison I’m now thinking of is a less fuzzy James Blake.
So let’s say if you smashed James Blake and Bon Iver together you’d get James Vincent McMorrow’s “Cavalier”. But really we should say that “Cavalier” is stupidly good in its own right and its great to have the guy back.
"Cavalier" is from the upcoming album Post Tropical, due in January 2014.
Anyway, Regular followers of the blog know that I do a feature called disCOVERwhere I post up covers that I like. I have always loved a good cover. I love finding new and different interpretations of songs I know really well, especially if they come way out of left field. There’s been some doozies over the year and again in no particular order, here are 20 of my favourites (with some extra bonus tracks that weren’t from 2011, but were bloody brilliant)
The Weeknd disCOVER double shot
The Weeknd had a huge year and you know you’re making it when already established artists are clambering to cover you stuff. There were some awesome covers knocking about this year but here are two of my favourites, from Brit Eliza Doolittle with a fantastically laid back stripped bare cover of The Morning and French Canadian Couer De Pirate bringing all her sweetness to Wicked Games
You kind of have to watch this one. Lauryn Hill is usually pretty untouchable, but Quadron has come pretty darn close with this one. It is so simple, so bare but so so beautiful.
Birdy- “1901” (Phoenix Cover)
I can’t bring myself to like Birdy’s take on Skinny Love, I’ve tried and I can’t. But this Phoenix cover has turned things around for me. Again this cover strips away and goes for the heart of the track, and she nails it.
While I couldn’t get behind Birdy’s cover, I could get behind Germany’s Enna who has made a beautiful cover of Bon Iver’s Michicant. Incredibly raw and stripped back, the arrangement replaces some of the louder tones of the original with softer woodwind, acoustic guitars and my favourite, the glockenspiel.
M83’s Midnight City was a highlight of the year for me, as was Trails and Ways folksy world music take on it. Taking away all the electro synthy-ness of it, Trails and Ways gave us a beautiful organic version of this massive track.
Oh Land had quite a year this time around with her original material, but she grabbed my attention with her cover of The National’s Bloodbuzz Ohio. Transforming the sombre of the original into a more optimistic message gives Oh Land’s interpretation a beautiful angle- while keeping its haunting undertones.
James Vincent McMorrow: “Wicked Games” (Chris Isaak Cover)”
McMorrow did two covers this year that people were interested in, one was of Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair and one was of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Games. Funnily enough, I’ve gone with McMorrow’s take on this 90s classic. JVMcM’s voice goes fantastically with this, how could it not?
As you may know, the love on ITYLTS for Foster The People’s knows no bounds, so a cover has to be pretty special to come close to the original. Owl eyes does it with this live cover on Aussie Triple J of Pumped Up Kicks. A lot of people when they first hear Pumped Up Kicks fail to pick up on the sinister message, a kid shooting up his school, behind the lyrics because it just sounds like the chillest, coolest, happiest summer track. Owl Eyes’ take on it brings that message a little more to the forefront…Oh and it has glockenspiel on it so you know its going to be good.
"I Can’t Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt Cover)- Double Shot
Both Adele and Bon Iver had the best albums of the year and the both decided to cover Bonnie Raitt’s lament on an unrequited love I Can’t Make You Love Me. Both are beautiful as you’d expect, but I think out of the two, Bon Iver’s does it for me that little bit more. However, you know the Adele cover is ridiculously good too.
Tokyo Police Club: “All My Friends” (LCD Soundsystem)
Sadly LCD Soundsytem are no more, but thank god for covers for keeping the music alive. All My Friends in the original is a driving force of pianos, drums and is just perfect. Tokyo Police Club have come along and rocked it up, and it works.
The Vaccines: “Last Friday Night” (Katy Perry Cover)
The Vaccines have had a huge year so they came along and covered one of the biggest commercial tracks of the year, Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night. However, instead of the fun loving track, the indie band have infused it with something that sounds like it could have come from Joy Division or Echo & The Bunnymen…and it sounds great.
The Vaccines - Last friday night (Katy Perry Cover) by bandalismo
Run Toto Run: “Sleepyhead” (Passion Pit Cover)
Oh the Glockenspiel strikes again. Run Toto Run strip back Passion Pit’s electro pop gem and replaces the synths with a beautifully played violin, glockenspiels, accordian, guitars and the good old fashioned handclap.
The Civil Wars: “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson Cover)
Who hasn’t tried to cover MJ, its like a rite of passage (especially on big tv music talent shows). The Civil Wars performed this flawless cover of Michael Jackon’s Billie Jean at their second show. Yeah, I said second. Honky Tonk, MJ’s gone country.
Paper Bag Records released a sampler of their artists covering Madonna and it was amazing. My favourite off the mix was Winter Gloves’ take on True Blue. While it may not have had a glockenspiel in it, it did have a saxophone solo and sometimes that’s even better.
Here’s the video for the fantastic We Don’t Eat from James Vincent McMorrow. This is the song that got me hooked on JVMcM (this acronym will be a thing). It’s a beautiful song that builds and builds into all kinds of euphoricness. The video is very close and intimate, shots of JCMcM driving late at night, all broody like.
disCOVER: James Vincent McMorrow “Wicked Games (Chris Isaak Cover)”
This is the second time that JVMcM (What a bitchin’ acronym) has been featured in disCOVER, the first time being his cover of Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair, but here is a cover more up JVMcM’s street, a beautiful version of Chris Isaak’s 90s smash Wicked Games (the acronyms growing on you, right).
He is one of the best things of 2011, no doubt. He has just announced his first US headline tour which kicks off next week September 8 in Philadelphia. If you like Bon Iver, or wish that Bon Iver had a tinsy bit more kick to it sometimes then McMorrow will be right up your street. This is This Old Dark Machine from his debut album, the fantastic Early In The Morning (available from the JVMcM shop here).
Its July, so we’ve just passed into the second half of the year, HIGH FIVES. And with that milestone, every blog seems to be coming out with a best of the year so far list, so we thought we’d do the same. This is based merely on what ITYLTS thinks has been great this year. The only requirements to be on the list is for the track to either be released this year or to have ‘emerged’ this year, and it’s one song per artist. This basically covers songs that have been around maybe since last year but only have been released this year all official like. So here it is and in no particular order:
disCOVER: James Vincent McMorrow “Whip My Hair (Willow Smith Cover)”
We were going to post this up whatever it sounded like, this combination is too nuts not to. The folksy/acoustic sound of James Vincent McMorrow plus the catchy, often times silly sentiment of Willow Smiths smash Whip My Hair, its a match made in some kind of crazy mashed up heaven. Enjoy.