Jimmy Lee Morris is an English Singer / Songwriter, who claims to be “happy writing songs to one, or to an audience. “ His latest EP Last of the Tall Ships was released recently. This seven track album was recorded with modern tech to imitate the analogue sound of music he first recorded with his previous band A La Tiene in 1983. Morris has been performing around Europe for 30 years and this package is a collection of well-crafted pop songs wrapped in ambience, blues, folk complete with strong imagery and telling poetry. I found this was worth a few listens to truly encapsulate Morris’ gift for atmospheric music that is as beautiful as a midsummer’s night. The striking thing about Morris’ music is how warm and inviting his vocals are. I will be exploring this EP a little further with a look at each track.
Opener Buying Time is an acoustic track that wouldn’t be out of place at a barbecue. The opening bright chords of keyboards supplement the soft vocals and driving rhythm are suitable with a coffee. The feelgood vibes will keep you hooked throughout the remainder of this EP.
Bigger Sky is a lovely up-tempo electric blues track. The nice tempi and speed of bass, drums and electric guitar combine to produce a rich texture of funky beats that supplements Morris’ soft vocals. I feel this type of style is more suitable to his voice and allows the music is an added dimension to his sound. The song finishes with a beautiful outro of keyboard . It gives the feeling like the listener is drifting through the sky with every strum.
Freestyle is a track oozing with swagger and empathy about moving on from a bad relationship. The swinging backbeats skip along with glee to Morris’ cool vocals and pounding drumbeats that feel like a man relieved. The recurring riff sounds like The Rolling Stone’s Jumpin’ Jack Flash with a twist.
Something About You is a timeless love song that whistles along with the wheezing sound of keyboards that the crisp bass that gives this song its strengths.
Last of the Tall Ships is an indie track replete with expansive synth tunes and strong melodic lines that is nice for that drive home
Glad You Have Gone is easily my favourite track on the EP. This is R ‘N’ B with a modern edge. The succulent bass and tribal percussive beats create a high tempo of funk .
The Last Ship is an instrumental remix of Last of The tall Ships, a basic structure of synthetic beats that rightly wraps up this outing for James Morris.
Morris creates a mixture of wonderful atmospheric tunes and thought provoking lyrics that incorporate several genres that are evenly matched album that is never the same throughout.
Jimmy Lee Morris Last of the Tall Ships is now available on Bandcamp.
If you’d like more information please check out his website http://www.jimmyleemorris.com/
Or follow Morris via his social media accounts
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