We Move (CD)


James Vincent McMorrow

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Amoeba Review

08/31/2016

Dublin's James Vincent McMorrow blurs the line between neo-soul and indie rock even further. Quiet productions feel surprisingly tame against his powerful vocals that he keeps restrained before he can get too showy. Having previously worked with Drake and the producers and engineers who have sculpted Top 40 radio for years, it was only time before McMorrow was going to burst on the scene like this. And though his newest album, We Move, is produced by Drake and Rihanna producer Nineteen85, his music is more closely tied to the vintage electro pop of the '80s, albeit more refined, delicate, and sensitive. When the boogie rhythm of "Rising Water" kicks in against a sharp drum machine, you'd be convinced you were listening to a fragment of a Zapp & Roger hit. But McMorrow's voice is far from the bombastic, sleezy drawl of '80s boogie bop and closer to the softness of Bon Iver. The album's second single, "Get Low," opens with a minimal riff right out of an innocent folk song before the vocals layer into deep harmonies. And then the bass kicks in with such strength, it could knock you out of your chair. His lyrics are contemplative, self-effacing, and lack the showboating often displayed by major hip hop stars. "We Move" is destined for big things. With its unique sensibility, it feels perfect for secret DJ sets, night drives, and even background to drown out the world. It's a beautiful album that transcends and breaks new barriers. Doesn't get smoother than this.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Rising Water
James Vincent McMorrow 04:55
2.
I Lie Awake Every Night
James Vincent McMorrow 03:19
3.
Last Story
James Vincent McMorrow 04:47
4.
One Thousand Times
James Vincent McMorrow 03:19
5.
Evil
James Vincent McMorrow 04:41
6.
Get Low
James Vincent McMorrow 04:10
7.
Killer Whales
James Vincent McMorrow 05:00
8.
Seek Another
James Vincent McMorrow 04:08
9.
Surreal
James Vincent McMorrow 05:38
10.
Lost Angles
James Vincent McMorrow 04:20

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