Friday, May 18, 2007
Download: Morningbell—"The Speed of God"
Download: Morningbell—"Lost Again"
A lot of bands give lip service to words like ambition, but Morningbell truly feels like it's onto something with its new album, Through the Belly of the Sea. The band members have done their research (one of them is a lawyer by day), and they truly feel like this is the first Choose Your Own Adventure album ever made. Based on the Choose Your Own Adventure books popular during the band members' youth, the album follows a nautical-themed tale reflected in the songs lyrics as well as the album art. Theoretically, the listener can listen to the LP in any number of ways (no one has taken the time to count the total numbers of paths possible!). Besides that, it's a bunch of hooky, twisty psych pop that recalls Clouds Taste Metallic-era Flaming Lips, some of the E6 collective, or maybe White Pepper-era Ween. Besides that, there are some serious guitar (and bass!) solos on this record. And that's just awesome. You don't hear enough of that in indie rock. I wish I could replicate that CYOA experience here, but you'll just have to buy the album yourself to find out (heh...READ THE BOOK).
On a side note, any band that features a future vet, a journalist, and a public defender rocking it is good in my book. Plus, they do a killer cover of Huey Lewis and the News' "Power of Love" (not included here). I've witnessed it firsthand.