Today, Kevin Morby has shared a new song, “Baltimore,” in two different iterations. “Baltimore (Sky At Night)” was recorded during the Singing Saw sessions, while “Baltimore (County Line)” was recorded during the City Music sessions. All proceeds from the sale of this digital single will benefit the local Baltimore non-profit Believe In Music. Below are statements from Kevin about both the song and the organization and why they are both dear to his heart, as well as a statement from Believe In Music.
I love Baltimore. It is a city with a giant heart and has remained one of my favorite places to keep returning to on tour. It is unique and beautiful and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else in the world – Baltimore is one hundred percent Baltimore. All proceeds from both my and the label side will go to the Believe In Music education program, which provides “an innovative music education for Baltimore’s youth”. I do hope you enjoy both versions of the song and if you do decide to donate – thank you for contributing to what I believe to be a great cause.
I wrote Baltimore at the time I was conceiving both Singing Saw and City Music and recorded a version during both sessions with two different bands. I love the song dearly, but in the end thought that thematically it didn’t belong on either album, and thus have been waiting for this moment to release it as what it has always been meant to be – a single.
Believe In Music:
Believe in Music is so grateful to generous and talented Kevin Morby for the donation of proceeds from his new release, “Baltimore.” We feel strongly that both versions of the song reflect the character and unique vibe of Baltimore City. Having the support of successful, working musicians is incredibly meaningful for our students as they aspire to succeed through an education in music.
“Baltimore (Sky At Night)” – https://youtu.be/2MGlTpVyuvQ
“Baltimore (County Line)” – https://youtu.be/dFevjCaD7PU
“Baltimore (Sky At Night)” features Sam Cohen on bass, Nick Kinsey on drums and Marco Benevento on piano. Recorded April 2015 at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY by Daniel Goodwin.
“Baltimore (County Line)” features Meg Duffy on bass and Justin Sullivan on drums. Recorded October 2015 at Panoramic Studios in Stinson Beach, CA by Drew Fischer.
Sun. Oct. 29 – Nantes, FR @ Festival Soy
Tue. Oct. 31 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Wed. Nov. 1 – Leffinge, BE @ De Zwerver / Autumn Falls
Thu. Nov. 2 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Paris
Fri. Nov. 3 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique/ Autumn Falls
Sat. Nov. 4 – Wangels, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
Sun. Nov. 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Mon. Nov. 6 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Tue. Nov. 7 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser
Wed. Nov. 8 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Thu. Nov. 9 – Lund, SE @ Mejeriet
Sat. Nov. 11 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who?
Praise For Kevin Morby & City Music
“His best album yet.” – Pitchfork
“City Music marks Morby’s most ambitious album yet, as he expands his palette well beyond his previous work.” – Consequence of Sound
“The rumbling din of urban landscapes and the millions of stories that unfold there are, collectively, a kind of ‘city music.’ For singer Kevin Morby, it’s a sound he celebrates and romanticizes on his new album” – NPR Music
“…one of the most prolific musicians in indie rock.” – UPROXX
“Kevin Morby is a tasteful songwriter whose music sometimes feels like the work of someone older than his 29 years.” – SPIN
City Music is a levitating glimpse into the city experience in general, with an expansion of urban ambience that feels physical and interactive through these vintage tunes enhanced with modern amplification.
– Under The Radar