James Vincent McMorrow has dropped a new video for “Paradise,” the track is now available to stream via Columbia Records. “Paradise,” is off James’ forthcoming release Grapefruit Season, which also features Headlights, Gone, I Should Go (with Kenny Beats) and is now set for release on September 17.
James recently made headlines playing the first live concert in Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic With festivals including Latitude and Isle of Wight confirmed to follow this summer, McMorrow’s UK and European tour for early 2022 includes a London date at Kentish Town Forum on February 21 and two homecoming shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 19/20.
Produced by James alongside Paul Epworth and Lil Silva, Paradise is about pretending everything is fine when, beneath the surface, it really isn’t. Initially struggling to find its visual concept, the Paradise video started as an off-hand remark (“why don’t I just dig out my rollerblades and film myself learning to skate again in the park behind my house?”) but now feels like the perfect fit to the track’s uplifting, feel-good but melancholic centre.
Paradise further previews Grapefruit Season, James Vincent McMorrow’s upcoming, fifth studio album – and one in which the artist, producer and songwriter pushes himself (and his sound) in all new ways. The record was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin, largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the timeless yet timely fact that life is chaos; the idea of growing up, but as Paradise suggests, still 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 his 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 as possible – remain a refreshing constant. Whilst there may always be trouble in Paradise, what’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date.
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February 4 || Leuven || Het Depot
February 5 || Paris || Le Trianon
February 6 || Luxembourg || Den Atelier
February 8 || Frankfurt || Batschkapp
February 9 || Amsterdam || Paradiso
February 10 || Hamburg || Grunspan
February 12 || Stockholm || Nalen
February 13 || Copenhagen || Vega
February 15 || Berlin || Metropol
February 16 || Cologne || Gloria Theatre
February 18 || Manchester || O2 Ritz
February 20 || Birmingham || O2 Institute
February 21 || London || O2 Kentish Town Forum
February 22 || Bristol || O2 Academy
February 23 || Glasgow || Barrowland Ballroom
April 19 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 20 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 21 || Belfast || Limelight
April 22 || Limerick || Milk Market