In his native Ireland James Vincent McMorrow was incredibly successful with his debut album "Early In The Morning" and is considered to be the upcoming superstar there. Listening to his second prank "Post Tropical", it's surprising for two reasons: First, McMorrow's music, though catchy and sometimes even pleasing, is anything but commercial or tailored for the largest possible audience. Second, it's also not necessarily convincing when you're a friend of gentler, melancholic indie tones. So McMorrow's on the fence: It sounds like a younger brother of Bon Iver - with a head voice and a sometimes hard to bear scratching plea as a song - and thus creates a pleasant and sad mood. Nevertheless, he still designs his songs a little too superficially, as if he still lacks the great conceptual thinking of his presumed role model Bon Iver. So "Post Tropical" remains something half-baked, where you don't know exactly what the artist wants to convey to you.
Top track: The Lakes