James Vincent McMorrow is back with his first release since 2014’s ‘Post Tropical’. The Dublin singer songwriter turned globetrotting performer/producer has continued the trend of changing things up with each release. ‘Rising Water’ kicks off with a deliciously funky electric piano line and builds the groove from there that takes us right through to the finish line.
It’s the first track to come from his forthcoming third album ‘We Move’ due out on September 2nd. Production on the record was split between James and Grammy nominated Drake producer Nineteen85. In a post on his Facebook page James explained a bit about the direction of the new record:
“I’ve started writing this letter about 8 times now, I haven’t gotten past half way yet. Because I do want to explain the record that I’ve made to anyone who’s reading this. But more than wanting to explain it, I really really really don’t want to explain it at all… Does that make sense? Probably not…
In the past I would have gone into crazy detail about each and every aspect of it. But everything about this record is different. So I need to do everything different.
The only thing I want to say right now is this. I’m not the most confident person. It’s something I’ve struggled with all my life. All of my musical heroes put themselves out there on records in such a candid black and white way, which just felt like something that was a world away for me. Every time I’ve made an album before this one, I’ve worked so hard to shroud the thing in metaphor and imagery, until I’m so blurred in the picture that even I can barely see myself in it. And I’m eternally proud of those albums, but I always wished I’d been strong enough to put myself out there on the line. I was taking safe roads because honestly I was terrified.
In every part of this new album I see myself. I hear it in every lyric and every note. And it’s still terrifying. But it’s exactly what I needed to make. Because I can’t be the person I want to be, or the musician I want to be, unless I pursue what I hear without hesitation.
When I was first starting work on this album I wrote 2 things on a page. I still have the page. The first was ‘We move. Or we don’t. We change. Or we stay the same’. Which kind of became the anchor of the entire record, and was where I found the title.
And the second was ‘There is no reason why dancing and heavyheartedness need to be mutually exclusive things’. Which also definitely applies.