Kevin Morby has released two versions of his new single "Baltimore." Check out the tunes above, courtesy of the Dead Oceans YouTube channel.
Both iterations, while divergent in tone, feature Morby's thoughtful vocals and folk rock bravado. The brighter "Baltimore (Sky At Night)" captures an earthier style, while "Baltimore (County Line)" is slightly more somber in mood.
In a statement on the song's YouTube page, the singer detailed the recording history of the single and his connection with the city of Baltimore:
I wrote Baltimore at the time I was conceiving both Singing Saw and City Music and recorded a version during both sessions with two different bands. I love the song dearly, but in the end thought that thematically it didn't belong on either album, and thus have been waiting for this moment to release it as what it has always been meant to be - a single. I wrote this song after binge watching both The Wire and The Sopranos in a month period. I grew close to both series and felt I had formed a personal bond with many of the characters. It is meant to honor some of my favorites from both shows but ultimately I decided to tell the story within the landscape of Baltimore as 1) I liked the Wire more than the Sopranos and 2) I love Baltimore. It is a city with a giant heart and has remained one of my favorite places to keep returning to on tour. It is unique and beautiful and you cant mistake it for anywhere else in the world - Baltimore is one hundred percent Baltimore. All proceeds from both mine and the label side will go to the We Believe In Music education program, which provides "an innovative music education for Baltimore's youth". I do hope you enjoy both versions of the song and if you do decide to donate - thank you for contributing to a what I believe to be a great cause. Peace on earth.
To contribute to We Believe In Music, purchase a copy of the single on Amazon. Kevin Morby will embark on a European tour later this month. For concert tickets and more, check out Kevin Morby's Zumic artist page.