Top 30 Songs for April 21-27, 2019

1. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
2. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
3. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (4)
4. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (5)
5. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (7)
6. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (6)
7. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (2)
8. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (9)
9. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (10)
10. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (12)
11. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (15)
12. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (8)
13. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (16)
14. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (17)
15. EXITS – Foals (11)
16. TIME – Morosity (19)
17. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (20)
18. HURT – Oliver Tree (23)
19. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (21)
20. LO/HI – The Black Keys (22)
21. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (13)
22. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (14)
23. STILL FEEL – half alive (25)
24. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (26)
25. MOVEMENT – Hozier (18)
26. BELOVED – Mumford & Sons (29)
27. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (30)
28. PATIENCE – Tame Impala (N)
29. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (27)
30. CHANGE – The Revivalists (24)

Top 30 Songs for April 14-20, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (2)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (3)
4. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (5)
5. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (6)
6. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (7)
7. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (10)
8. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (4)
9. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (11)
10. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (12)
11. EXITS – Foals (13)
12. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (14)
13. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (8)
14. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (9)
15. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (17)
16. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (18)
17. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (21)
18. MOVEMENT – Hozier (15)
19. TIME – Morosity (20)
20. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (23)
21. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (24)
22. LO/HI – The Black Keys (26)
23. HURT – Oliver Tree (28)
24. CHANGE – The Revivalists (16)
25. STILL FEEL. – half alive (29)
26. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (30)
27. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (22)
28. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (18) 20th week on chart
29. BELOVED – Mumford and Sons (N)
30. SEVENTEEN – Sharon Van Etten (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 7-13, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (1)
2. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (3)
3. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (4)
4. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (2)
5. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (6)
6. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (7)
7. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (9)
8. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (5)
9. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (10)
10. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (16)
11. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (13)
12. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (14)
13. EXITS – Foals (15)
14. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (17)
15. MOVEMENT – Hozier (12)
16. CHANGE – The Revivalists (8)
17. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (20)
18. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (21)
19. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (11) 19th week on chart
20. TIME – Morosity (24)
21. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (25)
22. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (19)
23. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (26)
24. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (27)
25. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (18)
26. LO/HI – The Black Keys (30)
27. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (23)
28. HURT – Oliver Tree (N)
29. STILL FEEL. – half alive (N)
30. GENERATION Y – Guide Dog (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 31-April 6, 2019

1. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (2)
2. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (1)
3. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (3)
4. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (9)
5. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (6)
6. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (7)
7. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (8)
8. CHANGE – The Revivalists (5)
9. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (13)
10. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (12)
11. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (4) 18th week on chart
12. MOVEMENT – Hozier (14)
13. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (15)
14. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (16)
15. EXITS – Foals (17)
16. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (18)
17. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (20)
18. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (11)
19. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (21)
20. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (22)
21. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (23)
22. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (10)
23. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (19)
24. TIME – Morosity (27)
25. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (28)
26. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (29)
27. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (30)
28. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (25)
29. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (24) 21st week on chart
30. LO/HI – The Black Keys (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 24-30, 2019

1. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (1)
2. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (3)
3. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (7)
4. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (2)
5. CHANGE – The Revivalists (6)
6. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (8)
7. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (9)
8. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (10)
9. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (11)
10. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (4)
11. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (5)
12. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (13)
13. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (15)
14. MOVEMENT – Hozier (16)
15. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (17)
16. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (18)
17. EXITS – Foals (19)
18. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (20)
19. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (12)
20. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (24)
21. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (23)
22. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (25)
23. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (26)
24. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (14) 20th week on chart
25. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (22)
26. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (21) 20th week on chart
27. TIME – Morosity (30)
28. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (N)
29. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (N)
30. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 17-23, 2019

1. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (2)
2. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (1)
3. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (14)
4. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (5)
5. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (6)
6. CHANGE – The Revivalists (7)
7. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (8)
8. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (9)
9. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (10)
10. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (12)
11. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (13)
12. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (3)
13. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (15)
14. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (4) 19th week on chart
15. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (20)
16. MOVEMENT – Hozier (17)
17. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (18)
18. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (19)
19. EXITS – Foals (21)
20. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (26)
21. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (11) 19th week on chart
22. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (24)
23. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (25)
24. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (28)
25. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (29)
26. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (30)
27. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (23)
28. PRESSURE – Muse (16)
29. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (22)
30. TIME – Morosity (N)

MOROSITY – Single Review: “Time”

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Morosity is an unusual band with a unique genre-bending sound like no other I’ve heard. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Morosity is comprised of front man Jesse Albrecht (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Sean Bachinski (Bass), Jason Wolfe (Violin, Guitar, Mandolin), and Nick Johnson (Drums). They meld progressive rock with folk, dark wave, psychedelia, Middle Eastern and even tribal influences to create an exotic sound that’s captivating, haunting and always mind-blowing.

They released their ambitious debut album Misanthrope in 2011 to wide acclaim, and after a six-year span, followed up with the magnificent Low Tide, which I reviewed. In May 2018, they released a darkly beautiful single “Defend“, which I also reviewed, and now return to grace our ears with a stunning new single “Time“, which drops today.

Wow, this phenomenal track is loaded with moody, atmospheric vibes and gorgeous instrumentation that make for a mesmerizing listening experience (all of their songs are, really). The intricately-strummed acoustic and electric guitars are exquisite, and Albrecht’s captivating echoed vocals run the gamut from seductive to chilling, keeping our rapt attention. Everything eventually builds to a crescendo, climaxed with otherworldly synths and eerie vocal chanting in the chorus that lends the track a dark, almost demonic aura.

The lyrics speak to the perplexities of time and the eternal unanswered questions mankind has pondered about it throughout our existence:

Time It’s in the stars above
Time The past and what’s to come
Time Exists infinity
Time An astral fantasy

Spinning round like hands
falling down the sand
you see the signs

Wondering if it ends
What’s the master plan
It’s Time Devine

Time It’s an illusion state
Time Lack of conclusion day
Time Controlling destiny
Time There’s no conspiracy

The more I seek the less I find
I can not see all Spectrum of light
Perception finite

The visually stunning and clever video was created by Albrecht and his wife Heather (who also created the amazing cover art of Father Time). It shows two toy figures representing a chicken and a rabbit encountering a host of characters and worlds as they travel through time and space. I love it!

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MOROSITY – Single Review: “Defend”

Morosity is an unusual band with a unique sound like no other I’m aware of. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Morosity is comprised of front man Jesse Albrecht (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Sean Bachinski (Bass), Jason Wolfe (Violin, Guitar, Mandolin), and Nick Johnson (Drums). They meld progressive rock with folk, psychedelia, Middle Eastern and tribal influences to create their exotic sound that’s captivating, haunting and stunning.

Morosity released their ambitious debut album Misanthrope in 2011 to wide acclaim, and followed in 2017 with the magnificent Low Tide, which I reviewed. They now return with a darkly beautiful new single “Defend,” which dropped on May 11. The track was recorded and mixed by Albrecht in his home studio Evensong Studios, and mastered by Jeremy Ramasir at Intangible Sound. It opens with a rather ominous-sounding guitar riff, then gentle percussion enters, accompanied by Albrecht’s deep, smoldering vocals that exude a sense of bitterness as he calls out someone’s duplicity and lies:

Invading on my faith again
Believe in nothing it’s a sin…a sin
Some things just aren’t meant to bend
The truth is yours not mine amen. Defend

The guitars intensify as hand claps, keyboards, crashing cymbals and heavier drums are added. Albrecht’s vocals become more animated as he decries their unwillingness to change their evil ways:

Offered up in a righteous plan
Extend a loving hand to mend…my friend
But if you can not understand
Leave me no choice but to stand and defend

I tried to be a matador
I can’t believe, you can’t ignore
This is war

All the instruments slow to a disquieting calm in the bridge, giving a sense that, despite the tranquility, all is not well. Albrecht’s gentle vocals are icy as he delivers his final words of condemnation:

Stabbing a snake tongue into your eyes
You’ll never see again, gone blind
Riding a pale horse into the night
You’ll never wake again, no more light

Put your sword back in its place
For all who shake must surely taste
The blood you drink it will be yours
The offered flesh will please the forest
Grow. Grow. Grow.

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MOROSITY – Album Review: “Low Tide”

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Unusual. Exotic. Captivating. Haunting. Stunning. Those are all words that come to mind when I listen to the album Low Tide by Morosity, a genre-bending band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Formed in 2001 by childhood friends Jesse Albrecht (Lead Vocalist/Guitarist) and Dave Rowan (Guitarist) as a two-man acoustic group, they spent their early years developing a sound uniquely their own, and playing local gigs and opening for national bands. Wanting to expand their sound and musical reach, they added bassist Sean Bachinski in 2007, and two years later, Jason Wolfe (Violin, Guitar, Mandolin) and Nick Johnson (Drums) joined the band to complete their lineup.

Morosity released an ambitious debut album Misanthrope in 2011 to wide acclaim, and nearly six years later, in February 2017, they released their second album Low Tide, which I’m finally getting around to reviewing. While retaining many elements of their signature sound – complex song structures and melodies, richly layered guitars, crisp percussion, and generous use of the violin – with Low Tide the band takes a more eclectic and decidedly darker approach. Melding rock with tribal, psychedelia, folk and Middle Eastern influenced music through use of the mandolin and hammered dulcimer, they’ve created a powerful work of extraordinary beauty and depth. The album was produced by Albrecht, who records, mixes, and masters in his home studio Evensong Studios.

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The album starts off with “Mind Over Matter,” a brief but mesmerizing track dominated by a gorgeous dulcimer riff. The song elicits several images and feelings for me, but I mostly think of a beautiful belly dancer moving to the captivating Middle Eastern music. The song immediately transitions to the mysterious “The Answer.” One of my favorite tracks on the album, the song features haunting guitar work that’s so incredible it gives me goosebumps. Furthermore, Albrecht’s vocals are amazing; he seductively croons the lyrics about questioning one’s belief system: “My eyes tell me that the truth’s not being told. What if all I see is just a lie?” He finally concludes that it’s all a sham as he wails “You’re all wrong” to a hard-driving guitar riff at the song’s end.

Without skipping a beat, we segue to “Ouroboros,” another mesmerizing (there’s that word again, but it’s just so fitting) track with a Middle Eastern vibe. The instrumentals on this track are rich and varied, and Albrecht’s smoky vocals have a chant-like quality. “Moon” has more of a traditional folk-rock sound, with some tasty layered guitars floating over Bachinski’s solid bass line.

The album plays like a rock symphony, with each track a string of movements, one flowing into the next. “Moon” transitions directly into “Smoke & Mirrors,” a powerful five-and-a-half minute long tour-de-force of a track about self deception. The guitar work is outstanding, and Albrecht’s raw vocals, which remind me a bit of the late Chris Cornell on this track, perfectly convey the biting lyrics:

Is all your smiling make-believe?
Who is it that you are trying to deceive?
What is it that you plan to gain?
A life of misery, false heightened sense of fame. It all goes away…

The most powerful, and dark, track on the album is “Death Grip,” which speaks to the epidemic of gun violence that’s become so pervasive in America today. The folk-rock song is chilling, yet has an interlude containing whistling that comes off as almost carefree, in sharp contrast to the subject matter. A similar treatment was used by Foster the People on their hit “Pumped Up Kicks.” The disturbing lyrics are from the twisted perspective of a mass shooter:

Lately I just wanna kill someone
You can hide away the ammo Lock up all the guns
But if I really wanna have some fun
There ain’t nothing gonna stop me til’ the job is done
I wanna kill someone
In a crowded theater
In the church of nuns
In a school for children
In front of everyone
You think that you can stop me
You say you’re good with guns
If you try to kill me I’m gonna blow up everyone

The video shows serene images of the countryside and a cemetery, interspersed with a shadowy figure walking, driving, and at a shooting range. At the end, people are shown having fun riding bikes, bowling, and at a demolition derby, presumably oblivious to any potential danger.

Limbo” features Wolfe’s sublime mandolin work, accompanied by lovely violin and subtle guitars. Albrecht’s urgent vocals are marvelous, as are the backing chorus. The violin and acoustic guitar take center stage on the melancholy title track “Low Tide.” The gloomy lyrics speak to feelings of being worn down, and that life is slipping away, but you’re not yet ready to give up:

From stone to sand, I feel it all sifting through my hands.
Worn to bone, nothing left just a skeleton.
Bottoms up and cut me down to size.
Drag me out and wash me in the tide.
Give me life now no I don’t wanna die.
Low tide

But by song’s end, the feelings of hopelessness, regret and despair have become too great to bear, thus death would be a welcome relief:

Can not maintain the pain the rain is welling in your eyes.
Pleasure came back down the drain swallowing the light.
Playing blame insane it’s you that’s done this to your life.
Missing sane tired and drained thoughts of the other side.
Pick me up and bathe me in the light.
Drive it down and bleed me dry.
Take my life I’m ready to die.
Washed away in the low tide.

The band keeps with an oceanic theme on the funereal album closer “Adrift.” The languid track is moody, yet peaceful, with the sound of waves drifting in and out as a somber guitar plays. Like the music, Albrecht’s low, echoed vocals are dirge-like, yet somehow comforting. The music and vocals end at 3:30, and we’re left with sounds of the surf for another 20 seconds, followed by birds singing in a gentle breeze, as if to signify the gradual and peaceful passing away of a life. Morbid, but beautiful at the same time, which fairly well sums up the album.

Morosity is currently working on a third album, and I eagerly look forward to hearing more songs from these exceptionally talented and creative musicians.

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