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Photo Credit: Barrett Emke

Backed by the hum of organs, a simple conga beat, and an angelic choir, Kevin Morby’s latest single “Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild” simultaneously captures the feeling of the divine as it pokes holes in the assuredness of it. The bare bones song does away with Morby’s regular band structure and instead leans on simplicity to carry across it’s sentiments. As ambiguous as it is clear, the song seems to narrate the sting of cynicism and the exploration of growing up through lyrics like, “when we were young / we knew everything” and “I’m sorry now / but I won’t be sorry long.”

The video, directed by Christopher Good, is a gorgeous picture of the borderline between innocence and actualization. In one of the shots, an older child gears up to catch a flying object only to be tripped by overgrown grassroots from underneath. The grassroots are neither malevolent nor good. They just are. Suddenly, we see a group of tired adults behind her sitting in metal chairs against the background of sublime greenery. The end of the clip captures Kevin Morby sinking in a pool of living water when he is suddenly woken up while lying on rained-on concrete near a crowd of steel trashcans. Take with that what you will.

Words: Libby Hsieh

Kevin Morby just performed at sold-out show in Los Angeles at the Masonic Lodge. If you missed it, you can catch his next LA show on May 8 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Joining Kevin Morby is special guest Sam Cohen.

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Kevin Morby on Tour

Sat. April 13 – Tonganoxie, KS @ Myers Hotel

Wed. May 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel *

Fri. May 10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (Live in the Atrium) *

Sat. May 11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *

Mon. May 13 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *

Tue. May 14 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox *

Wed. May 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Vancouver * SOLD OUT

Fri. May 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room *

Sat. May 18 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater * SOLD OUT

Fri. May 31 – New York, NY @ Town Hall *

Sat. June 1 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *

Sun. June 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *

Mon. June 3 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair *

Wed. June 5 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House *

Thu. June 6 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark *

Fri. June 7 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

Sat. June 8 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *