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Kevin Morby Releases Two New Singles From New Album “Sundowner”- Due October 16th on Dead Oceans

September 26, 2020
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Kevin Morby Releases Two New Singles From New Album “Sundowner”

Due October 16th on Dead Oceans

Kevin Morby releases two new singles, “Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun” and “Wander” (with an accompanying video), from his forthcoming album, Sundowner, out October 16th on Dead Oceans. Following lead single “Campfire,” “Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun” strolls with acoustic guitar, subtly expanding with a muted, percussive beat and simplistic keys. The track documents two people living in a new, isolated environment, with the responsibility of making their own fun, despite a threatening outside world.

“‘Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun’ is my favorite song off of the new album, and the one I’m most proud of,” says Morby. “I consider space to be a prominent instrument on the song – and here it is as important as anything else you hear on the track. It was my goal to capture the vast openness of the middle American landscape sonically. To this end – there is a whole track of nothing but Texas air, birds and wind chimes living beneath the song.” The song is accompanied by a lyric video, featuring raw footage shot by Morby of the midwestern landscape. 

Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun’ is a touching new arrangement from Morby, a personal composition that resonates with honesty. Kevin creates perfectly reflective tracks which make the audience slow down, to embrace the immersive instrumentation and the affectionate lyrics. The tempo of his projections portray a reflection of stillness and peace, and you fall into a hypnotic state within Morby’s meaningful melody.

“Wander” is a decidedly more insistent song. Harmonica and scorching guitar complement the intensity of Morby’s voice. The video, directed by Graham Shafer, and shot in the middle of Kansas, shows Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield driving down an empty highway, listening to the song on a tape deck, which is “exactly the kind of environment I’d hope one would get to experience it in.” Morby elaborates on the track: “Wander is anchored by a lyric I’ve had in my head for the past decade. The hook ‘I wonder as I wander why was I born in the wild wonder’ is even featured in the insert of the first Babies LP. The song is meant to steadily gain momentum before coming to an abrupt halt. It is the shortest song I’ve ever written, and is intended to be played on a loop.”

With Wander, this track is the release you need to play whilst you escape to explore your world further, seriously enticing and exciting. This is the soundtrack to your own personal escapism.

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

Sundowner, due October 16th on Dead Oceans


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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