Album Review: George Morris – Self Titled

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George Morris

Self Titled - Self Released

Detroit’s George Morris releases his latest album today, February 10th, he has worked towards this solo release through his work with The Satin Peaches, as well as through his previous solo releases. After the Satin Peaches went their separate ways in 2010, George Morris began writing the new material that would populate his solo releases, whilst simultaneously expanding his guitar and piano skills. In 2012, he recorded his first solo record, Organ Solos, after this release he formed a backing band, The Gypsy Chorus, and released his second album, We Will Go To Hell For This, now shorn of the backing band he has bought us his latest self titled release.

George Morris has stated that his new album centres around getting old and having all your friends die, something that becomes abundantly clear on the opening number, 100 Years, but  this is not as melancholy as it’s sounds, and the album opens with a strangely uplifting track that simultaneously recalls The Strokes and The Raveonettes. The album then shifts sideways into the synth led Full Of Stars, that carries the same feel, but with a very different delivery. The opening due of tracks set a pattern of unpredictability on this self titled album, George Morris varies the approach on every single track across the album, incorporating musical influences from The Beatles to Moby, via a hefty indie influence, and it is all delivered with a heavyweight wall of sound production

This a sprawling genre spanning album that is perfectly produced, the mix comes straight from the Phil Spector school of production, but thankfully none of his other traits are present on this album. The subtle touches that are incorporated into this release, and the variation in the style and approach to the songs, mark this out as a unique and experimental album, that despite the changes in style and delivery works perfectly. George Morris has brought us an album that is made to be played in one sitting, rather than being an album where you can identify obvious highlights or singles, although the stunning 100 Years does comes close to being that track. George Morris has released a solo album that is simultaneously recalling the past, living in the present and looking to the future, no one else is producing anything quite like this at the moment, and on that basis I’d recommend giving this idiosyncratic release a listen.

The self titled album will be available via digital platforms and via George Morris‘s Bandcamp here