Record of the Month: Kevin Morby - This Is A Photograph

One of our most favourite voices in absolutely glorious form. In a career already full of special moments, these might well be some of his finest.


There's always a sense of timelessness to Kevin Morby's work, like you are listening to one of the best records from the 1970s for the first time. His seventh studio LP (I think we counted that right) began with Kevin Morby absentmindedly flipping through a box of old family photos in the basement of his childhood home in Kansas City. Just hours before, at a family dinner, his father had collapsed in front of him and had to be rushed to the hospital. That night Morby still felt the shock and fear lodged in his bones. So he gazed at the images until one of the pictures jumped out at him: his father as a young man, proud and strong and filled with confidence, posing on a lawn with his shirt off. This was in January of 2020. As the months went on and the world dramatically changed around him, Morby felt an eerie similarity between his feelings of that night and the atmosphere of those spring days. Fear, anxiety, hope and resilience all churning together. 



Connecting to the themes of family and place, Morbs has shot a series of photographs of his day-to-day and the recording process and signed them all for us. Such lush things to have. We have a good little wedge here, so get that CD/LP on order now.

We also have the album pressed as a limited Gold colour vinyl edition.

Kevin Morby

Such a personal set of songs, but Morby's writing is so smart and universally alluring that when he sings, it's about collective feeling. Collective joy, collective grief and lots of memory. This Is A Photograph is an absolutely fantastic album, and not just because it's so grounded in his own experiences, but because he's a brilliantly human songwriter who sure knows how to build some drive.

May 2022 Record of the Month.


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