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Kevin Morby - City Music


CD: £10.99

Label: Dead Oceans

Release date: 16.06.2017

LP: £19.99

Label: Dead Oceans

Release date: 16.06.2017

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Full of listless wanderlust, ‘City Music’ is 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.”

Staff Reviews


Hot on the heels of 'Singing Saw' (Jumbo staff's favourite album of the year in 2016) comes 'City Music'. Billed as a counterpart to its predecesor, it's got a real New York feel, with elements of Television and the Velvet Underground dripping through his reflective songwriting. Four solo albums and no hint of a slip throughout...

By Adam Gillison

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