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Single Serving: James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love (Steve Winwood Cover)

Here is a great new find from the inbox: a hauntingly cold cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” by James Vincent McMorrow.  McMorrow strips the tune bare so it’s little more than an eerie melody slowly pressed out on a warmly ringing piano alongside McMorrow’s own ghostly falsetto. The result is that his version replaces the exuberance of the original with pleading and self-doubt — it’s as if McMorrow is trying hard to convince himself of the existence of the song’s “higher love”. I bet it would sound chilling live – the Bay Area can find out when he plays Slims on 9/23.

James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love
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Picture by Julie Ling.

Posted by Matthew Hickey


Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Tracy

    Oh man. I have a special place in my heart for Higher Love (guilty pleasure song) and this version is FANTASTIC!

  • Kimberley

    I think this is probably the right moment to confess to you two that I have a huge weakness for soft rock and have actually fantasized about making an album of soft rock covers. Someday I will do this!

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