the noise that moves so soft and low

click to see more photos from the show

Has James Vincent McMorrow recently come to your town? Did you miss seeing him? Kick yourself. Then start combing your city’s concert schedule for the chance to catch him the next time he comes through.

On his debut album, McMorrow’s voice is beautiful. Live, it’s unbelievable. It’s rare that a quiet falsetto can command one’s attention, but I was nothing short of rapt for his entire set. Providing direct support to Rural Alberta Advantage for their March 24th, 2011 show at High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin, McMorrow and his band made it through a fair chunk of Early in the Morning. By the end of the set, my heart was literally pounding.

Below are two videos from the show – “Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low” and “This Old Dark Machine”. Sadly, they don’t even begin to do McMorrow’s live presence justice. Seriously: see this man perform live.

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