Bongo’s Bingo is back in Brum with a string of messy nights of bingo, dancing and singalongs lined up over April and May. Redbrick went along to the first event on April 14th to see what all the fuss is about.Written by Joseph Timan on 20th April 2018
Album Review: James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
Kylie McCormick stories the unconventional release of James Vincent McMorrow's flawless new album
James Vincent McMorrow is Dublin-based ambient electro singer-songwriter phenomenon whose album We Move was released in 2016 to momentous applause. Each song from that album, and the others that proceeded, are beautifully orchestrated, storylined tunes that are both brilliant and beautiful. After releasing the 2016 album, James and his band toured extensively, so we as fans figured that the artist would take a bit of a break after such a mountain of a year. Luckily, we were wrong. In the third week of May, James started posting pictures of album artwork, teasing perhaps a new single. Then it happened - James tweeted that a new album would be released!
“Huddled around our laptops thousands of people watched with eager eyes and hungry ears, drinking in every tune that was to come from the new album.
One week after James tweeted about the release of a new album, fans were gifted with a live stream in which James and his band played through the entire new album. Huddled around our laptops thousands of people watched with eager eyes and hungry ears, drinking in every tune that was to come from the new album. The free concert is shockingly contradictory to a normal release; the normal release hides and withholds music from fans so that they are driven to go out and stream or purchase the album. James completely flipped this secrecy, streaming live a show that exposed every nuanced bit of the new tunes. It is a beautiful mirage of lights and sound, the emotional arches that have come to typify James’ music. It exposed the relationship with James and fans; as an artist he merely desired to have these tunes heard and so by contradicting the typical route he allowed all to hear and receive the beautifully crafted work.
“True Care is a breathtaking, exposing journey into the life of James Vincent McMorrow.
Music must be heard to be real. Often artists create amazing music that is not ‘on brand’ or ‘created in the correct moment’ and therefore it is never released. James Vincent McMorrow throws all caution into the wind, defying the typical trend of releasing and instead announces an album, plays a show, and releases all within a week. It is the perfect set of actions that stream from the unconventional artists, and yet the care and precision show the true depth of music and fans that James carries. True Care is a brilliant new album that is worthy of all acclaim. As James Vincent McMorrow takes to the road to play a double show, he will play the new album and then come back to play older hits, as well as many festivals. I cannot wait to see how this album morphs and continues to take on a life of its own, transforming all who listen to it.