Kevin Morby – “Parade” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

In the time since he left chilled-out folk-psych experimentalists Woods to strike out on his own, Kevin Morby has solidified his reputation as one of the most consistently winsome songwriters in the underground. Dead Oceans has noticed: The Indiana label, home to prominent modern folk-rockers ranging from Strand Of Oaks to Ryley Walker to the Tallest Man On Earth, has signed Morby and will release his third solo LP next year. In the meantime, Morby is still kicking out videos from last year’s Woodsist release Still Life, including today’s clip for lead single “Parade.” The song is built around an exultant yet comfortable groove worthy of the Band, accented by pretty piano lines, soulful backing vocals, and occasional flurries of surprise sax. As director Elise Tyler explains, her visual accompaniment functions as a documentary of Morby’s version of NYC:

The process was a complete collaboration with Kevin. He wanted to document the people and places that make up his New York, and I had the honor to capture it for him. I wanted to feature the quieter places and moments that can sometimes get lost in the noise of the city, which I think also reflects Kevin’s nature as an artist and individual.

Watch “Parade” below, where you can also find Morby’s upcoming tour dates.

Tour dates:

05/28 Nantes, FR – Indigènes Festival
05/29 Nimes, FR – This Is Not A Love Song
05/30 Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival
05/31 Marseille, FRA – Le Grim
06/02 Ravenna, IT – Beaches Brew
06/03 Grenoble, FR – Le Ciel *
06/04 Limoges, FR – Le Phare *
06/06 Porto, PT – Primavera Sound
06/08 Bourdeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey *
06/09 Toulouse, FR – La Connexion *
06/10 Lyon, FR – Marché Gare *
06/11 Sion, CH – Le Port Franc *
06/12 Luzem, CH – B-Sides Festival
06/13 Freiburg, DE – Slow Club
06/15 Liège, BE – Mad Café
06/17 London, UK – The Lexington *
06/18 Brighton, UK – The Hope *
06/19 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
07/28 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
07/29 San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall
07/31-08/02 Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
08/22 Los Angeles, CA – FYF
09/06 Dorset, UK – End Of The Road Festival

* w/ Weyes Blood

Still Life is out now on Woodsist, and Morby’s next album is due in 2016 via Dead Oceans.