Single release: This Is The Lie by Mark Morriss
Release date: 9 December
Label: Acid Jazz
Listen: on official website
Can it really be twenty years since Mark Morriss first shimmied into our lives as singer with The Bluetones? Apparently so. But thirteen hit singles and three top ten albums later, his ability to sieve poetry from the colendar of every day life remains unique.
While it might not take Jersey’s finest to track down a copy, it’s fair to say that the release of Mark’s folk-infused solo debut, Memory Muscle, in 2008 was low-key, despite string arrangements from the legendary composer David Arnold. However, it wasn’t until The Bluetones split up in October 2011 that he thought seriously about his next move.
“To be honest I didn’t know what I was going to do. “So I threw a lot of irons into the fire.”
A precursor to his forthcoming new album A Flash of Darkness - currently penciled for Feb 2013 – This Is The Lie is a quiet, reflective tale of self-delusion in which subtle, spiraling, electronics circle a jaunty sea shanty. Some fine percussive quirks punctuate the ode which, at less than two and a half minutes in length, doesn’t outstay its welcome. As far as introductions to A Flash of Darkness go, This Is The Lie will surely satisfy fans old and new, but only goes so far in setting the tone for the album as a whole. Elsewhere on the record are rousing crowd pleasers in the shape of Consuela; Guilty Again; and the woozy Space Cadet, alongside a surprising cover of The Shins’ Pink Bullets and an acoustic overhaul of Kavinsky’s electro-noir Nightcall – best known from the Drive soundtrack.
Mark sums up the new single is his own succinct style; "What is the purpose of this song..? Perhaps it is to make loneliness feel like Christmas."
And talking of the album: “The album title refers to that moment when you’ve just turned off the light and everything remains semi-lit for a split second. It’s a revelation of a bad thing, rather than a good thing.”
Whisper it, but Mark Morriss’ light bulb moment might just have resulted in his best album yet.
For forthcoming Mark Morriss live dates, please see the shows section of Mark's official site.