James Vincent Mcmorrow Shares New Free Download 'When I Leave' [Listen]

James Vincent Mcmorrow Shares New Free Download 'When I Leave' [Listen]

James Vincent McMorrow has unveiled a brand new track, 'When I Leave', which is available now as a free download - the first taste of new material following his critically-acclaimed second album 'Post Tropical'. Released in January, 'Post Tropical' has since been made Album Of The Week at Radio 1 and 6Music, seen a sold-out European tour (including a London show at the Barbican) and led to James appearing at the likes of Latitude, Coachella and Sydney Opera House (which he sold out twice). McMorrow's next London headline show will take place at Shepherds Bush Empire on October 5, as part of an extensive European and US run of dates heading into the end of this year, whilst James also made a recent guest appearance at Duke Dumont's debut live show at London's Oslo. 

New song 'When I Leave' was recorded over the summer on the floors of festival dressing rooms, in hotels, and whilst James waited for everyone to fall asleep in the back of the bus. "Making Post Tropical definitely lit a fire," he says now. "I'd like to start putting out some ideas whilst the ink is still wet." The results, designed more as a snapshot of new music than a polished finished-product, are already stunning, and see McMorrow moving further into the idiosyncratic hip-hop and R&B which inspired him from an early age, but only emerged in 'Post Tropical'. "When I was in college, I'd go out a lot, but I wasn't the guy that was the centre of everyone's attention. But just because you're standing in the corner, it doesn't mean that you don't love to dance. That's what 'When I Leave' is about, I guess - dance like no one's watching."

'When I Leave' is a swift return for McMorrow, whose second record 'Post Tropical followed the acclaimed debut album, 'Early in the Morning' - which went platinum, reached number 1 in Ireland and picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination upon its release in 2010. 'Post Tropical' was constructed over eight months, but recorded in just three weeks on a pecan farm half a mile from the Mexican border (which the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House and Animal Collective have all called home). The title "evokes a style of music without you having a clue what it sounds like. It's warm and familiar, but there's something there that's maybe not quite what you think it is." The same, suggests 'When I Leave', could be true of James Vincent McMorrow, who plans to unveil a further unpredictable mix of new material on his run of European and US tour dates later this year: 

Oct 05 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire - London, United Kingdom 
Oct 07 - Kampnagel - Hamburg, Germany
Oct 08 - Vega Musikkens Hus - Copenhagen, Denmark 
Oct 09 - Huxleys - Berlin, Germany 
Oct 11 - Gloria - Cologne, Germany 
Oct 12 - Cirque Royal - Brussels, Belgium 
Oct 13 - La Cigale - Paris, France 
Oct 14 - Tivoli Vredenburg Grote Zaal - Utrecht, Netherlands 
Oct 16 - Theaterfabrik - Munich, Germany 
Oct 17 - Biko - Milano, Italy 
Oct 19 - Mascotte - Zurich, Switzerland 
Oct 20 - FRI-SON - Fribourg, Switzerland 
Oct 22 - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, Spain 
Oct 24 - Joy Eslava - Madrid, Spain 
Nov 01 - The Kessler - Dallas, TX
Nov 02 - The Belmont - Austin, TX 
Nov 04 - The Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
Nov 05 - The Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA 
Nov 06 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC 
Nov 08 - The Lincoln - Washington, DC 
Nov 10 - Town Hall - New York, NY 
Nov 12 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL 
Nov 13 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN 
Nov 16 - The Neptune - Seattle, WA 
Nov 17 - The Aladdin - Portland, OR 
Nov 19 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA 
Nov 20 - Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, CA