Monday, April 1, 2013

Daytrotter a Day #1: Neal Morgan

I recently posted my list of the Top Ten Daytrotter Sessions, and I hope some of you took it upon yourselves to sign up and discover some new music/get a free vinyl.  If you haven't yet, here's a link.

When I was making my list, I realized that I've discovered quite a few bands by listening to their Daytrotter Sessions, including my #1 pick, Hurricane Bells.  So now, every day, for the month of April, I will listen to a session of an artist I've never heard of before, and post the review.  Some will be released that day; some will randomly be chosen from the past.  Some will be awful; some will hopefully be astounding.  Join me on this journey as I listen to a "Daytrotter a Day."

Daytrotter a Day #1: Neal Morgan (Released 04.01.13)

"No more ill-gotten gains," Neal Morgan begins his Daytrotter introduction.  A bad sign that this is going to be a pretentious piece of garbage.  And it is, for the most part.  On "Father's Day / I Stand on a Roof," Morgan babbles about pine needles and his dog over drum loops before the song comes to an abrupt end after the line, "Some rich assholes from L.A. are putting in a house."  "On Tour" has him continuing his strange poetry over a flurry of pre-recorded "dreams," "dreaming," and "dreamy."  The final number, "The Evidence," is the best of the bunch, with Neal singing barbershop-style with himself, his voice reminiscent of Travis Morrison.  Sadly, he even finds a way to ruin that, stopping the song's flow right in the middle to announce, "I should say this song is a response to Philip Guston and a painting he made in 1970."  Sean Moeller's essay opens with the sentence, "The sense that Neal Morgan makes is all his own."  Then he should keep it to himself.

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