August 21 2010
A few months ago, I featured a singer/songwriter from Ireland by the name of James Vincent McMorrow on Are You Feeling This. He has been Ireland's answer to Justin Vernon's Bon Iver, but he is more than that. One one note, both James and Justin recorded their album in isolated house. Justin recorded his album in the woods of Wisconsin, while James recorded his by the sea in Ireland. James is definitely more than some artist that sounds similar to Bon Iver. The one thing I find amazing about his album is that he produced the entire album himself. He recorded his album "Early In The Morning" with one mic, and some old instruments. Even though you would consider this a folk/pop album, I can't help think of artists such as Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke. By that, I do not mean the sound of Otis or Sam, but the passion and soul that these artists brought to their music.
I'm not the only one to think that James Vincent McMorrow is an artist that should not be slept on. Artists such as Al Green, Tracy Chapan, Mark Ronson, Iron and Wine, and the forementioned Bon Iver have invited James to play alongside them. Unfortunately, his album was only available as import or from his website, until now.
In an email he sent to his fans yesterday, he has signed a label contract with Vagrant Records.
"I'm so excited to be able to officially announce that I have signed to Vagrant Records in North America, and they will now be re-releasing my album in The US and in Canada. I don't have any specific dates for the release just yet, I only put pen to paper on this late last night, but we've been working incredibly hard over the last couple of months putting this together, so I wanted to share the news!
Having met and talked with a lot of different labels over the last few months trying to find the perfect home for me and my songs, as soon as I spoke to the guys at Vagrant I was completely sold, their commitment and passion for what I do is incredible, and I cannot wait to get working with them.
You might have not of heard of the label, but I bet you know their artists. Vagrant is home to such artists as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Pete Yorn, The Hold Steady, and STARS to name a few. So he is definitely in good company. Vagrant plans to re-released his album "Early In The Morning." There is no release date as of yet, but I'm pretty sure you are going to hear a lot about Mr. McMorrow in the near future.
In the meantime, check out these videos of James Vincent McMorrow, and then download his song, "Early In The Morning" via RCRDLBL.