kevin morby – this is a photograph

Vocally, Kevin Morby is third in a list alongside Bob Dylan and Kurt Vile. It’s a funny list that I just invented called ‘Singer/songwriters that you want to sound like but aren’t sure why because they’re not vastly impressive’. This is a warm, astute record that demands mutual engagement. It is too light to be important, but too sweet, too lovely, to be ignored. Morby’s gentle arrangements and soulful pen dilate his fundamental point that life is to be cherished. The photograph is a poignant symbolic accompaniment; it is enduring, only altered abstractly by our feelings toward it. 

23/30

A favourite: ‘Goodbye To Good Times’ 

‘This Is A Photograph’ is out now via Dead Oceans.

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