Title : James Vincent McMorrow – Grapefruit Season. Format : Exclusive ‘Bricks & Mortar’ Rose Coloured Vinyl Record. Label : Sony Music / Columbia Records. Barcode / Cat Num : 194398529714.
Release Date : September 17th 2021
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.
3. Planes In The Sky
4. Tru Love
6. Poison To You
7. We Don’t Kiss Under Umbrellas Like We Used To
8. A House and a River
9. Hollywood & Vine
12. I Should Go
14. Part of Me