Jeff Buckley singing a slow jam.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
Falsetto folk singer-songwriter mixes things up with a new R&B sound
If you've seen or heard James Vincent McMorrow before, you would expect the first single off of his second album to be a beautiful folk song with some soaring falsetto vocals – and you would be only partially right. McMorrow's distinctive falsetto is there, but instead of an acoustic guitar, the first instrumental sounds you hear are subdued keys, the first percussion, subtle hand-claps. Then the crescendo comes and what started out as a soft, slow song turns into a powerful statement about remembering a first love.
As the first single from and the first track on McMorrow's new album, “Cavalier” is a bold choice signaling a shift in McMorrow's sound. While McMorrow's live performances and debut album put him in the company of artists like Jeff Buckley and fellow Irishman Damien Rice, the first single from his sophomore album demonstrates that he isn't just a guy with a guitar; “Cavalier” puts McMorrow in the company of artists like Maxwell and Miguel, as well.
McMorrow's sophomore album, Post-Tropical, is due out January 14th.