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Gurf Morlix Finds the Present Tense

Gurf Morlix Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rootball
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never-heard music that sounds very familiar somehow . . . September 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD
. . . like that is what has been going on in your own head for forty-odd years; you just never heard it put to words and music before. I love the strange chords and harmonies---very simple but extremely effective in creating music with flavors you don't get everyday. Like the turkey dressing at your friend's grandmother's house on Thanksgiving that has something in it you can't quite put your finger on, but it's good---very, very good.

The tongue-in-cheek lyrics of some of the songs tickle me, while others are downright grim. Cut 2, "Lookin' For You" is sort of a dirge with a calypso beat; I can't help but chuckle every time I hear it. "These Are My Blues" is a not-exactly-traditional blues that is so low it would fit under a limbo pole that had been left lying on the ground.

I had only heard of Gurf Morlix as a session player on Lucinda Williams' albums. You can't forget the name and when I saw a solo album by him I just had to order it. I'm glad I did and I'm going to check out some of his other stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gurf morlix is always good August 4, 2013
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Discovered Mr. Morlix about 6 years ago while I was looking at some Claid Sleave music and he was recommended based on the type of music I was looking at. I bought "Diamonds to Dust" and was amazed. I enjoy the gravel in his voice and the story telling that he invests in his songs. This album caught me by surprise as at first it seemed he had changed his style, and maybe he did but the voice and stories are as good as ever. I hope he continues to write and sing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dammit Morlix May 14, 2014
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These songs are a little too honest. Small Window, in particular, expresses the feeling I get looking back on a life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 - Pondering irreversible consequences March 25, 2013
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After an album of Blaze Foley covers in 2011, singer-songwriter Gurf Morlix returns to his catalog of forbidding originals. The album's title provides a clever play on words, suggesting a man catching up to the moment only to find that moment overbearing. The title track focuses on immediate burdens, but Morlix also finds overwhelming baggage in a future lashed inextricably to the consequences of past actions. Morlix's characters are left stranded at a turning point between decisions and their lifelong consequences. The prisoner of "My Life's Been Taken" ruminates on his confinement, resigned to a life of wondering what could have been. The song provides a coda to 2009's "One More Second," in which a shooter considers the thin line between reaction and action; here the killer is doomed to reconsider that border until his life ends.

The tiny portal of "Small Window" frames an emotional impediment with a physical metaphor, and the imagery of "Series of Closin' Doors" takes on a nightmarish cast when scored with languid guitar, atmospheric B3 and a hypnotic beat. Morlix often pairs dark lyrics with misleadingly neutral or bright melodies, and his understated vocals leave each song's message to sneak up on the listener. His critique of American gun culture, "Bang Bang Bang," begins with happy memories of Roy Rogers before decrying our modern-day barrage of bullets, and even the love song "Gasoline" draws on a fiery metaphor that aligns with the album's premise of inescapable aftermath. Morlix exhales his lyrics more than he sings them, which fits well to songs that shrug at seemingly immutable futures. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2013 Hyperbolium]
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