‘City Music’ is the fourth studio album by Kevin Morby, and the record will be released on June 16, 2017, through Dead Oceans.
Full of listless wanderlust, ‘City Music’ is a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America by a songwriter cast from his own mold. “It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me”, explains Kevin Morby.
His fourth album, ‘City Music’ works as a counterpart to Morby’s acclaimed 2016 release ‘Singing Saw’, an autobiographical set that reflected the solitude and landscape in which it was recorded. Saw was imagined as “an old bookshelf with a young Bob and Joni staring back at me, blank and timeless. They live here, in this left side of my brain, smoking cigarettes and playing acoustic guitars while lying on an unmade bed”.
And now follows ‘City Music’, the yang to its yin, the heads to its tails. It is a collection crafted using the other side of its creator’s brain, the jumping off point perhaps best once again encapsulated by an image. “Here, Lou Reed and Patti Smith stare out at the listener”, Morby discusses. “Stretched out on a living room floor they are somewhere in mid-70s Manhattan, also smoking cigarettes.” It finds Morby exploring similar themes of solitude, but this time framed by a window of an uptown apartment that looks down upon an international urban landscape “exposed like a giant bleeding wound”.
Morby shares a lyric video for the first song off the new album, ‘Come To Me Now’. You can stream the track below:
“The organ you’re hearing on this song is an old pump organ from the 1800s, I wish I could remember the brand – but I don’t. This was my favorite part of recording this album, playing this thing and pumping air into it with the foot pedals, it had such a presence from the moment I entered the studio. For the first few days I think I thought it was just there for looks, that there was no way it still worked, but sure enough it did. Above it hung a framed photo of the original owner of the studios property who died sometime ago. Apparently his ghost still occupies the premises”, Morby explaining the background of the song.
Kevin Morby will be heading out on a string of North American tour dates; list of shows below:
Wed. March 22 – Cincinnati OH @ The Woodward Theater
Th. March 23 – Pittsburgh PA @ Carnegie Lecture Hall of Oakland
Fri. March 24 – Toronto ON @ Longboat Hall
Sat. March 25 – Montréal QC @ Théâtre Plaza
Sun. March 26 – Burlington VT @ ArtsRiot
Tue. March 28 – Portland ME @ Port City Music Hall
Wed. March 29 – Hamden CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Thu. March 30 – Jersey City NJ @ Monty Hall
Fri. March 31 – Jersey City NJ @ Monty Hall
Sat. April 1 – Carlisle PA @ The Trellis at Dickinson College
Sun. April 2 – Baltimore MD @ Creative Alliance
Tue. May 23 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Wed. May 24 – New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Fri. May 26 – Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. May 27 – Allston MA @ Boston Calling
For more information on ‘City Music’ or to get tickets to see Kevin Morby, visit his website.