Irish Tour Dates Rescheduled
19 & 20 April 2022 – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin
21 April 2022 – Limelight, Belfast
22 April 2022 – Big Top, Limerick
Rescheduled Shows. Original Tickets Valid
“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” Guardian
“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter…it works” Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks
“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull” CLASH
“Lyrically raw and immensely quotable” The Forty Five
James Vincent McMorrow has today announced details of brand new album ‘Grapefruit Season’, which will see a release on Columbia Records on July 16th, pre-order the album here. The record is launched today alongside beautiful album track ‘Waiting’ – listen here / watch here – following acclaimed recent single ‘Gone’ (which was B-Listed at Radio 1) and standalone collaboration ‘Be Somebody’ with dance trailblazers Rudimental. James’ UK and European tour for early 2022 has also now been confirmed, including a London date at Kentish Town Forum on February 21st and two homecoming shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 19th/20th.
In an already-unpredictable career, ‘Grapefruit Season’ sees James Vincent McMorrow push himself (and his sound) in all new ways. Produced by James alongside fellow genre-disruptors Paul Epworth, Kenny Beats, Lil Silva and Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), McMorrow’s fifth album was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the fact that life is chaos, and the idea of growing up but feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, ‘Grapefruit Season’, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable). Throughout the emotional highs and lows of ‘Grapefruit Season’, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album ‘Early In The Morning’ (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts – to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible – remain a refreshing constant.
“Every time a new song or album comes out, I get a mail asking me to put together some thoughts on the songs and how they came together, where they came from, what they mean. The truth is I just live my life, the songs come when they come, and they come from wherever they come from. Then once they’re done I start worrying about if they’re good enough, if I mean enough to make them good enough.
This last year has been a massive lesson in patience for all of us. But I don’t feel any more patient than I did before, in fact the opposite, I feel impatient. I had this album finished last year and then the world stopped and I had to stop. I remember sitting in my car crying after I heard that we’d be parking the work until 2021, and then I wrote ‘Waiting.’ It’s a song about feeling sorry for myself, and then going home and talking to the one person in my life who understands just how awkward a fit all of this is for me, and who loves me for the actual human I am and not what I curate in order to feel like the person I need to be.