Kevin Morby gets better with every record, and given that his last one – 2017’s City Music – was truly excellent, you know you’re in for a treat here.
On Oh My God, Morby excels himself not by broadening his palette, but refining it. It’s the sparsest and most intimate of his albums, stripping back the instrumentation to allow more light to shine on his gorgeous half-sung, half-whispered vocals, and songwriting chops that are by this stage pretty much peerless.
With its threadbare arrangement and mesmeric hand-clap percussion, lead single ‘No Halo’ is an early standout, but nothing quite prepares one for the epic ‘Piss River’, quite possibly the most wonderful and unnerving song he’s laid to tape to date. Just listen, at your earliest convenience.
Photo by Barrett Emke.