Kevin Morby Shares ‘Wander’ & ‘Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun’ Singles

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Kevin Morby shared, “Wander” and “Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun,” a pair of singles off his upcoming album, Sundowner. Morby shared a video for “Wander” featuring his partner Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) as well as a lyric video for “Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun.”

Morby will release Sundowner on October 16 through Dead Oceans. The follow-up to 2019’s Oh My God was produced by Brad Cook and recorded in January 2019 at Sonic Ranch recording studio in Tornillo, Texas.

Morby shared statements regarding “Wander,” and what he calls his favorite song on Sundowner, “Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun.” Find those statements followed by each track’s respective video below:

Wander

”Wander” is anchored by a lyric I’ve had in my head for the past decade. The hook “I wonder as I wander why was I born in the wild wonder” is even featured in the insert of the first Babies LP. The song is meant to steadily gain momentum before coming to an abrupt halt. It is the shortest song I’ve ever written, and is intended to be played on a loop. We shot the video in the middle of Kansas, showing Katie driving down an empty highway listening to the song on a tape deck, which is exactly the kind of environment I’d hope one would get to experience it in.

Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun

”Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun” is my favorite song off of the new album, and the one I’m most proud of. I consider space to be a prominent instrument on the song – and here it is as important as anything else you hear on the track. It was my goal to capture the vast openness of the middle American landscape sonically. To this end – there is a whole track of nothing but Texas air, birds and wind chimes living beneath the song.

Morby recently started a weekly livestream series featuring complete performances of each of his solo albums. The livestream program continues tomorrow with 2016’s Singing Saw.

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