To say the least, Kevin Morby likes to keep busy. Ever since properly breaking through in his own right with 2016’s Singing Saw, he’s released an album just about every following year.
Even amidst the global pandemic, he seems loathe to break that trend, and is set to return with his sixth studio album, Sundowner on October 16.
Following a move from L.A. back to his hometown of Kansas City, Morby found himself creating his own private oasis, soon joined by his partner, Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee). The two found they both entered a strange feeling melancholy around sunset, dubbing themselves “sundowners”. Three guesses where the album’s title stems from, guys.
Striving to capture the heart of America with his latest work, Morby elaborates, “It is a depiction of isolation. Of the past. Of an uncertain future. Of provisions. Of an omen. Of a dead deer. Of an icon. Of a Los Angeles themed hotel in rural Kansas. Of billowing campfires, a mermaid and a highway lined in rabbit fur. It is a depiction of the nervous feeling that comes with the sky’s proud announcement that another day will be soon coming to a close as the pink light recedes and the street lamps and house lights suddenly click on.”
Check out the project’s first single and video, “Campfire”, below, which also features Katie Crutchfield, and look out for Sundowner come October 16th via Dead Oceans.
Last but not least, Morby has announced a virtual tour, beginning September 10th, he will perform each album in his discography in its entirety, culminating in a run through of Sundowner the day before its release.