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Kevin Morby announces new album, “Sundowner”, out 16th October via Dead Oceans + Shares Lead Single “Campfire”

September 2, 2020
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Kevin Morby announces new album, “Sundowner”, out 16th October via Dead Oceans

Shares video for lead single “Campfire”

Virtual tour performing his entire discography

Kevin Morby has announced his new album, Sundowner, due out 16th October on Dead Oceans, and unveils lead single/video, “Campfire.” 

Campfire is truly outstanding. This charming composition takes Morby back to his roots to create an expansive and vital release. Morby carefully crafts an entire atmosphere within his intimate yet vibrant rhythms. With this new track, Kevin Morby solidifies that he is easily one of the most visionary artists of our time. Kevin continues to captivate in each arrangement projected. Morby is a passionate story-teller who has the ability to build his own aura within his tracks, this aura is experienced by the audience as Kevin continues to connect to any listener. Emotive elegance exudes from Morby’s contagious vocal charm.

Sundowner” (noun) – One who feels increased melancholy during twilight hours.

In 2017, Morby moved from Los Angeles back to an empty house in his hometown of Kansas City, KS. Landing back home in Kansas felt jarring juxtaposed with a life full of chaos and adventure with a band on the road. But at the very least, Morby “was happy to have – for the first time in my adulthood – a place to close the door, with no temptations other than to work on music and reflect on what I had built since I left.” Not ready to let go of the hand of the California desert, Morby spent the winter decorating the best he knew how; with mementos from his previous home, cactus and aloe vera and covering the walls in pinewood – immediately earning the house its nickname, The Little Los Angeles. 

During that summer, Kevin’s isolation was given a subtle lift when Katie Crutchfield began visiting. She would stay weeks at a time, living quietly beside him – their love taking shape in a quiet refuge from their lives on the road. They shared many things, including a mutual melancholy that seemed to appear every night around sunset. They began to refer to themselves as “sundowners”.

The collection of new songs that would become Sundowner came together effortlessly as he did his best not to resist or refine the songs, but instead let them take shape all on their own. In his makeshift studio, Morby taught himself basic recording techniques. Because it had no heating or cooling elements, he was subjected to the elements – the warm and abstract summer and the icy Kansan winter. He worked largely on a Four Track Tascam model 424.

“I wrote the entire album wearing headphones, hunched over the 424, letting my voice and guitar pass through the machine, getting lost in the warmth of the tape as if another version of myself was living on the inside, singing back at me,” says Morby. “I was mesmerized by the magic of the four track not only as a recording device, but also an instrument, and considered it my songwriting partner throughout the whole process.”

Additionally, Morby announces a virtual tour via Noon Chorus. Performances will be every Thursday, starting on September 10th. He’ll perform his complete discography in chronological order, culminating in a performance of Sundowner the day before the album’s release.

Kevin Morby Virtual Tour Dates

Thurs Sept. 10 – Harlem River

Thurs Sept. 17 – Still Life

Thurs Sept. 24 – Singing Saw

Thurs Oct. 1 – City Music

Thurs Oct. 8 – Oh My God

Thurs Oct. 15 – Sundowner


2. Brother, Sister

3. Sundowner

4. Campfire

5. Wander

6. Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun

7. A Night At The Little Los Angeles

8. Jamie

9. Velvet Highway

10. Provisions

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