“Yes!” screamed some guy in the audience at random moments during musical interludes of James Vincent McMorrow‘s show at the Roxy. It was as if this person had been waiting his whole life to finally hear music that was meant for him. And while that may be a slight overstatement, there was no denying that the Irish born singer/songwriter was making a connection with his audience. McMorrow first gained recognition with his reflective version of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love”. It’s easy to hear why his sweet-falsetto voice that reminds one of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon would cause one to stop whatever they’re doing to focus on the song.
It’s one thing to cover a song but quite another to create your own compelling work in a small club setting but McMorrow was able to do it thanks in large part to the three piece band that backed him and helped provide some great harmonies to match up nicely with McMorrow.
His album Post Tropical came out earlier this year and he’s someone to keep an eye on. I have a feeling you won’t be able to see him in the clubs for very much longer.