Kevin Morby has shared two more singles as he prepares to release his forthcoming new album Sundowner.
The new record, which arrives as Morby’s follow-up project from last year’s effort Oh My God, has been inspired by his relationship with fellow musician Katie Crutchfield after the pair began referring to themselves as ‘sundownders’ in reference to the sense of melancholy they both feel at sunset.
“I wrote the entire album wearing headphones, hunched over the 424, letting my voice and guitar pass through the machine, getting lost in the warmth of the tape as if another version of myself was living on the inside, singing back at me,” Morby said of his writing approach. “I was mesmerised by the magic of the four-track not only as a recording device, but also an instrument, and considered it my songwriting partner throughout the whole process.”
Speaking about the album on a whole, Morby added: “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.”
Morby’s sixth studio album, which will be released on October 16 through Dead Oceans, has been previewed with two more tracks with ‘Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun’ and ‘Wander’. Of the first effort, which Morby described as his favourite on the record, the musician said: “It was my goal to capture the vast openness of the middle American landscape sonically. To this end – there is a whole track of nothing but Texas air, birds and wind chimes living beneath the song.”
He added: “I have been holding ‘Sundowner’ very close to my heart for the past year and a half but I’m finally ready to let her fly. I hope that she can provide some relief and bring you all a little joy as the world continues to spin backwards,” Morby said.