Album Review

Morby, Kevin – “Harlem River” – [Woodsist]

Thurston Hunger   2/21/2023   12-inch, A Library

Certain keyboards and vocal phrasings have a definite dialing for Dylan vibe. Morby cut loose from the
Woods (but still on Woodsist) and no longer one of the Babies, this 2013 release was his solo debut. Confident, competent folk pop, and a apparent cross country love letter after moving to Los Angeles back to New York. The title song really stood out for me, super hypnotic with a hint of yodel, a bassline that keeps climbing your vertebrae. Nine minutes of sweet and shady suspense. Cait Le Bon sweeps in on the caboose of “Slow Train” and gives it a sort of death-mask shine. The track after that “Reign” is actually more locomotive; blues bopping down the tracks harmonica hanging out the window, next stop Hell or Petticoat Junction? Hop on board! Cool green vinyl with a mellow burnt orange audio warmth.

-Thurston Hunger

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