This Is A Photograph

 
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Kevin Morby
This Is A Photograph

[ Dead Oceans / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 13 May 2022

This Is A Photograph, Morby's 7th album, finds him making an Americana paean, a visceral life and death, blood on the canvas outpouring. The creatively invigorated songwriter has managed to align his finest songs, his best vocal performances, his most incisive lyrics, and his most lush arrangements and put them all on This Is A Photograph. This is unquestionably his magnum opus to date.

Once again, Sam Cohen (who had produced Singing Saw and Oh My God) helmed the project. They began in Cohen's upstate New York studio that was still being built, along with drummer Nick Kinsey, working on the songs slowly as the journey of the recording matched the start-stop quality of 2021 itself, with magical moments sprinkled into the precarious navigations. Over time, the cast began to fill out.

Former touring pianist Oliver Hill and his mother Meg and sister Charlotte provided strings. Touring compatriots Cochemea Gastelum (saxophone), Jared Samuel (organ) and Alecia Chakour (vocals, tambourine) joined the sessions as well as Eric Johnson (banjo). And new collaborators like drummer Josh Jaeger (drums, percussion), Brandee Younger (harp), Makaya McCraven (drums), Cassandra Jenkins (vocals) and even Tim Heidecker and Alia Shawkat (the unhinged laughs on 'Rock Bottom') added to the developing picture. And fittingly, in the end, the last sessions were held live in Memphis at Sam Philip's Recording Co., helmed by his son Jerry Philips, which carries on with the legacy of the original Sun Records studio.

Tracks:

1. This Is A Photograph
2. A Random Act Of Kindness
3. Bittersweet, TN
4. Disappearing
5. A Coat Of Butterflies
6. Rock Bottom
7. Forever Inside A Picture
8. Five Easy Pieces
9. Stop Before I Cry
10. It's Over
11. Goodbye To Good Times

Random Act Of Kindness