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James Vincent McMorrow × Paradise

James Vincent McMorrow shares the music video for Paradise from his upcoming album, Grapefruit Season, to be released on September 17.

“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” – Guardian

“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter…it works” – Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks

“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognizable emotional pull” – CLASH

“Lyrically raw and immensely quotable” – The Forty Five

James Vincent McMorrow shares the video for new single Paradise, which is available now via Sony Music UK/RCA Records. Paradise is the latest taste of James’ much-anticipated new album Grapefruit Season – which also features teaser singles Headlights, Gone, and I Should Go (with Kenny Beats) – and is now set for release on September 17.

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 center.

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 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. Whilst there may always be trouble in Paradise, what’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date.

James also made headlines recently playing the first concert in Ireland with a live audience since the beginning of the pandemic (tickets sold out in just 30 seconds). 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.

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

By Emma Mcmorrow

New Music Video for James Vincent McMorrow – Gone

James Vincent McMorrow drops an incredible video for his latest single “Gone,” which is available now via Sony Music UK/RCA Records. Recently, James did a stunning live performance of “Gone” for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series. The track also premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1 and has since been made Nick Grimshaw’s Tune of the Week.

The arresting video for “Gone” was filmed in one take byGar O’Rourke, and conceived alongside James (who asked that the events on the day remain a surprise, even to him). It’s a playful twist on the turbulent, alternative-pop at the heart of “Gone” –  produced by James alongside Paul Epworth and Moon Willis, what sounds like chaos is actually a song about clarity (“I give less fucks than I used to / still give a lot of fucks“).

Watch the video for “Gone” HERE

Watch his performance of “Gone” on Colbert HERE

“Gone” is one of the biggest and boldest track McMorrow has released to date, but it’s also entirely in line with an artist who has always written with startling honesty, and followed his inspiration simply wherever it takes him. “I have more responsibilities, people and expectations around me than ever, and the world is constantly telling me to change and grow as a person,” he says. “But I don’t feel any more responsible or capable than I did when I was 18 years old. This album is about embracing the idea that it’s okay to not have things figured out.”

A breakthrough moment in an unpredictable career, “Gone” explores themes that are inherent to James Vincent McMorrow’s upcoming album and where he finds himself in life. “Headlights” was the first track released this year off of this forthcoming album. It’s a track written not so much about everything making sense, but making peace with the fact that nothing does. The track’s soulful follow-up, “I Should Go,” which was recorded with fellow genre-collider Kenny Beats (Idles, slowthai, Omar Apollo), was a reminder of James’ rare ability to move as easily between the worlds of hip-hop and R&B as he can the singer-songwriter roots of debut album Early In The Morning (which turned 10 this year).

James Vincent McMorrow is already a platinum-selling act, who has independently clocked up over 750 million streams, reached #1 in his home of Ireland, and seen his music travel everywhere from Drake’s “Views” toGame Of Thrones. With his new album expected early 2021,  an extensive world tour in support of it and stunning performances and videos to come, James Vincent McMorrow continues to deliver through his music’s storytelling and incredibly soulful, raw vocals.











March 16th – Leisureland, Galway (Ireland)
March 18th – Milk Market, Limerick (Ireland)
March 19th – The Telegraph Building, Belfast (Ireland)
March 20th – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow (UK)
March 22nd – O2 Ritz, Manchester (UK)
March 23rd – O2 Academy Brixton, London (UK)
March 25th – Stollwerck, Cologne (Germany)
March 26th – Le Trianon, Paris (France)
March 27th – Het Depot vzw, Leuven (Belgium)
March 29th – Batschkapp, Frankfurt (Germany)
March 31st – Grünspan, Hamburg (Germany)
April 1st – Metropol, Hamburg (Germany)
April 2nd – Vega, Copenhagen (Denmark)
April 5th – Den Atelier, Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)
April 6th – Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
April 8th – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol (UK)
April 9th – The O2 Institute, Birmingham (UK)
April 17th – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ireland)
April 18th – Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ireland)


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