10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Traces of soul have always poked through the cracks between James Vincent McMorrow’s strummed acoustic chords. But on his third album, the Irish singer/songwriter’s penchant for experimental hip-hop and R&B shifts to centre stage. Here his glorious, hazy falsetto colours around the lazy loops and stuttering beats of “Evil”; on “Rising Water,” his voice is another element of driving percussion. And on the ballad “Last Story,” swooning sighs sung from a distance surround raindrop notes that patter and collect in a dreamy pool.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Traces of soul have always poked through the cracks between James Vincent McMorrow’s strummed acoustic chords. But on his third album, the Irish singer/songwriter’s penchant for experimental hip-hop and R&B shifts to centre stage. Here his glorious, hazy falsetto colours around the lazy loops and stuttering beats of “Evil”; on “Rising Water,” his voice is another element of driving percussion. And on the ballad “Last Story,” swooning sighs sung from a distance surround raindrop notes that patter and collect in a dreamy pool.

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