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James Vincent McMorrow Wallows in ‘Red Dust’ – Premiere

Irish songwriter pairs unsettling clip with ghostly, avant-garde beats

The video for James Vincent McMorrow’s “Red Dust,” taken from the Irish songwriter’s upcoming second album, Post Tropical, is ambiguous and at times unsettling – just like the song. The clip starts with a young girl walking back to her trailer home to find a would-be suitor in a state of despair. After the girl fights off the young man, she pushes past her mother (we presume) and into her own room. There she begins to question her own identity, pulling out fashion magazines, men’s clothes and an automatic assault rifle.

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McMorrow’s music increases the tension. He sings in a choir-like falsetto, extending words so they are more strands of notes then words. Underneath him are deconstructed electronic beats that resemble R&B, but broken apart and filtered, so they only reference their origins. Between McMorrow’s ghostly voice and the avant-garde beats, the song results in a strange, brooding new version of a classic R&B slow jam.

Post Tropical will be released on January 14th, and McMorrow is touring Australia and Europe soon.


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