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Michael Morris - Album Review: Slow Loris

26 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser

Former Dunedin musician Michael Morris has recently moved to Paris, France. He’s always had a talent for the theatrical and flamboyant.

 

His debut album Slow Loris encapsulates this well, along with a cheeky sense of humour which is evident from the first song The Morning, which begins with gentle and beautiful bird song, turns rocky, and cadences as he sings “I fucking hate the mornings”.

The word ‘unique’ is an over-used cliché, but when writing about Michael Morris’ work it's actually true. You can hear a wide range of influences, but his style is 100% his own.

Morris has produced the 6-track-album himself, playing everything, and his expertise with guitar is obvious, especially on the more progressive rock styled numbers including the album’s closing track Not Space Nor Time.

The album’s second track Cobweb Head fully commits to the quiet/loud philosophy beginning with just Morris’ voice and acoustic guitar fingerpicked plucked tenderly as Morris softly sings, then at 47 seconds in all hell breaks loose, pre-chorus and chorus hit with rock drums high gain guitars and Morris using his best and biggest rock voice.

Landslide is the first single released from Slow Loris, and at under 4 minutes it stands out on the record. It’s also slightly less embellished than the others, fitting more of a pop format.

While not delving into self-parody or comedy songs, Slow Loris doesn’t take its self too seriously. There’s a lightness about the whole record.

Rabbit Hole is another of the album’s singles, and it shows off Michael Morris’ virtuosity, and has him delving into late 60's, early 70's psychedelia.

Slow Loris is an excellent, albeit short, LP and highly recommended for anyone wanting to discover a talented quirky, yes accessible songwriter.

It’s got to be one of the strongest debut releases in recent years.

Social Media: @ # MichaelMorrisNZ
Release Date: Saturday 1st September 2018



Review written by Darryl Baser

 

About Michael Morris

Michael Morris is a New Zealand songwriter and music producer, based in Paris, France. His work is psychedelic, drawing influence from blues, folk and rock n roll. He is currently recording his debut album which is expected for release in 2018.




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