Grab your tissues and your dancing shoes. Set aside time for a nap. Be prepared to have yourself punched, pulled, elated and deflated. You will venture back and forth through time and space but nothing will prepare you for the onslaught of grief that will consume you (if you let it) as James Vincent McMorrow rips open your chest and allows you to breathe once more.
‘True Care’ is painted through decadent soundscapes like Thank You and Constellations that are offset by the cleaner, lyric focused songs like National. This voyage into space has not dislodged him from his signature gospel vocal style. Loyal fans can still look forward to the tasty harmonious ear candy as McMorrow swings from falsetto to deep, gravely, cathartic belts.
Kicking off with 2914, ‘True Care’ quickly introduces to a wide spectrum of production styles. We hear drip drop guitar sounds, like that off Frank Ocean’s ‘Orange’ blended with raw clearings of earthy acoustics. McMorrow isn’t afraid to embrace heavily produced vocals that create a dynamic range of characters. Look out for the chipmunks, the fairies and the little robots (Or even the fluttering wings of the glitchy drums).
There are beautiful, welcome interludes, the first of which is like an eruption of feeling, unlocking hidden pockets right the way up your spine. In places it resembles a Baz Luhrmann soundtrack. McMorrow’s compositions are rich and creative like the jilted dance between battling melodies on Bend Your Knees or the melancholia in the clash between lyrical theme and musical tone in Bears (“When the bears, they come, you won’t have long”).
‘True Care’ is a cinematic journey through music that falls amidst trends of dystopian lyrics and oscillating synthesized bass lines that take us to otherworldly places. It is a mirror to our age of stimulation saturation. All across the album, James Vincent McMorrow invites the listener to journey with him as he attempts to digest the incongruity of life itself.