James Vincent McMorrow has unveiled the video for ‘Cavalier’, the first single from his forthcoming second album, Post Tropical (January 13). Following the platinum-selling debut album, Early In The Morning, McMorrow plays a run of intimate UK dates in January – including a show at the Barbican on January 26.
The striking video for ‘Cavalier’ is the first of a trilogy of short films by acclaimed director Aoife Mcardle (Beck, Jon Hopkins, Anna Calvi). Describing the clip, shot in America, James says: “my hope with the video was that it would add another dimension to the song. I love Aoife’s work, and she heard something in the song that elicited a reaction. That’s what the video is: it’s her reaction the record.”
A brooding twist on the Slow-Jam, the song builds quietly from hushed keys and hand-claps to soaring brass, drums and James’ idiosyncratic falsetto. The song was recorded, together with the album as a whole, on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border, where the low frequencies of passing freight trains vibrated in the studio, briefly disturbing the birds in the rafters.
James Vincent McMorrow has confirmed the following shows across the UK for early 2014:
January 24, Manchester, Manchester Cathedral
January 25, Bristol, St George’s
January 26, London, Barbican Centre
January 28, Glasgow, Celtic Connections @ City Hall
January 30, Galway, Seapoint
January 31, Cork, Cork Opera House
February 1, Limerick, University Concert Hall
February 2, Kilkenny, The Set Theatre
February 4, Dublin, National Concert Hall
February 5, Dublin, National Concert Hall