Photo by Jessica Pratt
You can now watch Kevin Morby’s new video for “If You Leave and If You Marry” over at Stereogum. The video features Super 8 footage shot by Kevin’s grandfather in Scottsbluff, Nebraska during the 50s and early 60s. The video loosly follows his Aunt Carol from childhood to her high school graduation, and along the way you are introduced to his father, uncle, and grandmother, amoungst many other extended family members, most of whom he has never met.
About Harlem River:
Harlem River marks the solo debut of songwriter Kevin Morby. Known for his work as the singer/guitarist for the Brooklyn band The Babies and bassist for Woods, the Kansas City native and new Los Angeles resident, calls the record “an homage to New York City,” his adopted home for the past five years.
Harlem River features eight interweaving tales of tragedy and misfortune; a series of desperate characters playing out their dramas with the city as backdrop. A departure from some of the signature sounds of his better known projects, Morby’s songs glisten with a haunting intimacy and while he maintains that the songs are stories about other people, it’s hard not to feel a piece of him in each one; a half-imagined, half-painfully personal world of lost love, addiction, violence and prayers for the departed.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles in February and March of ’13 with producer Rob Barbato who recorded The Babies’ second album, Our House On The Hill, and whose guitar and bass work figure prominently on Harlem River. The album also features drummer Justin Sullivan (The Babies) as well as contributions from Will Canzoneri, Tim Presley (White Fence), Dan Lead, and Cate Le Bon.
02/22 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel *
02/23 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place *
03/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda ^
04/19 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music #
04/20 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music #
04/25 – Brooklyn, NY- Rough Trade %
* = w/ Magic Trick
^ = w/ Real Estate, The Shilohs
# = The Mountain Goats
%= w/ Steve Gunn
1. Miles, Miles, Miles
2. Wild Side (Oh The Places You’ll Go)
3. Harlem River
5. Slow Train
7. Sucker in the Void (The Lone Mile)
8. The Dead They Don’t Come Back
KEVIN MORBY LINKS:
Label – http://www.woodsist.com/
Press Materials – https://www.forcefieldpr.com/