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Kevin Morby Announces New Album ‘City Music’ Out 6/16, Shares “Come To Me Now”

We’re pleased to announce that City Music, the new album by Kevin Morby, will be released June 16th. Full of listless wanderlust, it’s a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mold. As he puts it: “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.”

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,” explains Morby. “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.”

Today, Kevin shared the first song off the new album, “Come To Me Now.” Organ pipes in as if filling the aforementioned room with warm sunlight, a friendly face returning from a long journey. It should make the ears of anyone familiar with Kevin’s music perk up, as the pump organ heralds in the new record & a sound unlike any other song in Kevin’s songbook.

“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.”Kevin Morby

Listen / Pre-order City Music
https://kevinmorby.lnk.to/citymusic

City Music Tracklisting
1. Come To Me Now
2. Crybaby
3. 1234
4. Aboard My Train
5. Dry Your Eyes
6. Flannery
7. City Music
8. Tin Can
9. Caught In My Eye
10. Night Time
11. Pearly Gates
12. Downtown’s Lights

Kevin Morby Tour Dates
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
Thu. June 1 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Sun. June 4 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. June 8 – Sun. June 11 – Manchester TN @ Bonnaroo
Fri. June 23 – Sun. June 25 – North Adams MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Wed. June 28 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Sun. July 2 – Berlin, DE @ Quasimodo
Mon. July 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
Wed. July 5 – Düdingen, DE @ Bad Bonn
Fri. July 7 – Soliera/Modena, IT @ Artivive
Sun. July 9 – Brugge, BE @ Cactusfestival
Tue. July 11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Thu. July 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
Sat. July 15 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
Sun. July 16 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude
Fri. July 28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

Kevin Morby Shares “Beautiful Strangers” / “No Place To Fall”


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Kevin Morby is releasing new single “Beautiful Strangers” (b/w Townes Van Zandt cover “No Place To Fall”) in memory of the victims of Orlando and to support the work of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Beautiful Strangers” is available via all digital service providers, including Bandcamp, where it’s available for the standard fee or more if one feels inclined to further support the work of Everytown. Read Morby’s statement below and visit Bandcamp for an exclusive conversation about the song.

Listen to “Beautiful Strangers” / “No Place To Fall”:
https://kevinmorby.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-strangers-b-w-no-place-to-fall

This release is dedicated to and written for all the people I have never met but have only read about. The innocent people who were out living their lives and one day, without warning, had them taken away from them. People who liked to laugh, dance, and love in the way that we all do, but cant anymore. All those names and faces, all those beautiful strangers…

So here are two songs, “Beautiful Strangers” as well as my cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “No Place To Fall” that I have been closing my live show with over the past year. Any purchase of these two songs will go to support the work of Everytown For Gun Safety – an organization I have followed for quite some time. I believe in and support them in their efforts to make the world a safer place. So if you wish – you can donate as little or large as you’d like and I do hope you enjoy the songs. Do it for the kids.

Love and peace,
Kevin Morby

Jason Rzepka, Director of Cultural Engagement at Everytown for Gun Safety, added:

Kevin has penned a beautiful tribute to the victims of America’s ugly gun violence crisis — an emergency that claims 91 of our fellow citizens every day. We’re deeply grateful for his talents, thoughtfulness and efforts to rally more people to support the life saving work of gun violence prevention.

About Everytown for Gun Safety
Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million supporters and more than 125,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors and everyday Americans who are fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and help save lives. At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network. Learn more at www.everytown.org and follow them at @Everytown.

Kevin Morby Shares New Non-Album Track, “Tiny Fires”

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Today, Kevin Morby is sharing the song “Tiny Fires,” a non-album track that comes from the same time period as his recent critically acclaimed album Singing Saw . “Tiny Fires” was recorded and mixed by Drew Fischer in Los Angeles shortly after the completion of Singing Saw. What’s special about this live band recording is that it features members of Kevin’s current live band – including Meg Duffy on slide guitar and bass, and Justin Sullivan on drums – which the album does not, so not only is it representative of Kevin’s current live show, it’s a highlight. (Catch Morby live in one of the below cities!)

Since “Tiny Fires” was also written right after the completion of Singing Saw, so, as Morby says, “it is from that same brain.” Released as a digital 7″, “Tiny Fires” is b/w a solo acoustic demo version of the song, which was written and recorded in Kevin’s bedroom in Mt. Washington, Los Angeles.


KEVIN MORBY TOUR DATES
Tue. Sept. 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at the Ace Hotel w/ Wilco
Tue. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Wed. Nov. 9 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Fri. Nov. 11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Sat. Nov. 12 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
Mon. Nov. 14 – Munich, DE @ Strom
Tue. Nov. 15 – Dudingen, SW @ Bad Bonn
Wed. Nov. 16 – Feyzin, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
Thu. Nov. 17 – Angers, FR @ Chabada
Sat. Nov. 19 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey
Sun. Nov. 20 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
Mon. Nov. 21 – Nimes, FR @ Paloma
Tue. Nov. 22 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo

PRAISE FOR KEVIN MORBY & SINGING SAW

“Kevin Morby speaks the language of records… His music comes from another place, one where you try and piece together meaning by tapping into a kind of collective unconscious, using whatever tools you have at your disposal.” – Pitchfork [Best New Music]

“Morby has a certain kind of light about him that touches even his darkest despair” – NPR Music

“The indie rocker punctuates the timely politics of his lyrical message—a manifesto about modern police brutality and racism that references a Martin Luther King Jr. quote—with fiery guitars and a huge choir.” – Entertainment Weekly on “I Have Been to the Mountain” [Best Songs of 2016]

“The former Woods bassist and Babies frontman reaches a new high on his beautifully arranged third solo effort, which merges Dylan-esque folk rock with a distinctly modern sensibility.” – Consequence of Sound

“Singing Saw is a force of a listen, and the most complete body of work of his career to date.” – Noisey

PURCHASE SINGING SAW
Dead Oceans: http://smarturl.it/kevinmorby_ss
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/kevinmorby_itunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/kevinmorby_amz
Support your local independent record store: http://smarturl.it/kevinmorby_indie

RELEASE DAY // Kevin Morby’s ‘Singing Saw’ Out Worldwide Today

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Singing Saw is a breakthrough for just how fully formed it is, a beautifully structured and produced record that is nothing short of a triumph.” – NPR Music’s Songs We Love

“Kevin Morby’s superb third album is the sound of a man gently losing his mind to music and not caring that much at all.” – UNCUT, 9/10

Singing Saw is his strongest album because it shows a process of refinement, and because Morby’s songwriting has become less referential and more grounded. The basic ingredients haven’t changed, but Morby is figuring out how to retain and amplify his strongest points—his weary and wise voice, his understanding of how the musical pieces fit together—and leave everything else behind” – Pitchfork, Best New Music

Kevin Morby has long been an artist whose work we admire. So needless to say, we’re elated that today marks the release of his stunning Dead Oceans debut, Singing Saw. These songs were crafted on a left-behind upright piano at Morby’s new-found home in the hills of Los Angeles. Listening along you can practically feel the winding side streets of his neighborhood, see the skyline’s sweeping lights, and hear the wind rustle the dried out underbrush of the LA flora.

This is Morby’s most realized effort of songwriting and lyricism. Singing Saw is a record of duality, one that marks another stage of growth for this young, gifted songwriter with a kind face and a complicated mind.

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LISTEN // Stream Kevin Morby’s ‘Singing Saw’, Out 4/15

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Today, Kevin Morby is streaming his incredible new record, Singing Saw, in full. That’s right! You can hear the whole thing right now thanks to a variety of radio partners throughout the US and Canada. We’re so excited to have CBC, KCRW from Los Angeles, KTBG from Kansas City (Kevin’s hometown), KCMP of Minneapolis, WXPN of Philadelphia on board to support Kevin’s stunning Dead Oceans debut.

STREAM SINGING SAW:
CBC – http://bit.ly/1N98ATA
KCRW – http://kcrw.co/1MVvsee
KTBG – http://bit.ly/1Nb5bn9
KCMP – http://www.thecurrent.org/
WXPN (starts @ 3PM EST) – http://www.xpn.org/
RADIO MILWAUKEE (starts @ 2PM EST) – http://radiomilwaukee.org

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