Photos – Kevin Morby at the Electric Owl, Vancouver, Feb. 21 2015
– photos by Kirk Chantraine
Kevin Morby at Vancouver on Saturday night, near the start of his 2015 tour. Singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt opened.
Onstage, Morby was accompanied by Justin Sullivan (The Babies) on drums and percussion. Morby is on tour for his second album, Still Life. It follows his debut solo album, Harlem River.
According to a press release, “The namesake of the record is an art piece by Maynard Monrow entitled Still Life with the Rejects from the Land of Misfit Toys.
“The album’s title has several meanings. On the surface, it refers to Morby’s change in lifestyle from moving to Los Angeles from New York in August of 2013.
“But he also admits that the title is ironic. The songs from Still Life were written during yet another period of tour and travel for Morby, as he spent most all of 2013 on the road with Woods (whom Morby parted ways with amicably last year), The Babies, who are currently on hiatus and as a solo artist.
“The album reflects both this time in transit and the quiet confines of his new home in Montecito Heights. Scenes of performers, audience expectations and the paradoxical confines of a roving individual perpetually caught in a crowd percolate the songs, notably in ‘The Jester, The Tramp, The Acrobat,’ and ‘Parade’… Violent fates, wrestling with destiny and the nature of death creep into songs like ‘The Ballad of Arlo Jones’, ‘Bloodsucker’ and ‘Amen’. Even Morby’s more obvious love songs like ‘All of My Life’, ‘Drowning’ and ‘Our Moon’ are highly bittersweet; the characters in these songs seem to never quite find each other, but perhaps they find themselves.”
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