Andrew Morris has completed an epic Euro-rock opus written in Berlin!
This, however, is not it.
No, the Brisbane stalwart, best known for his work with Bernard Fanning and The Wilson Pickers, as well as a series of crafted solo albums, needed a break from all the brooding.
Inspired by Tom Hodgkinson’s counter-consumer culture manifesto, How To Be Free, he summoned as many of the members of The Gin Club as he could muster, put on the beers and banged down a few unrehearsed gems in his newly set up Northern Rivers home studio.
The set, informed by Morris’s current solo shows, includes a crop of live faves like Dylan’s ‘It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry’, Gillian Welch’s ‘Look At Miss Ohio’ and Tim Rogers’ (You Am I) ‘Heavy Heart’.
The track list is completed by an acoustic reworking of ‘Lover’ from Morris’s Needs & Wants album and a handful of new originals, including ‘The Uplift’, featuring some of Banjo Patterson’s writing set to music.
The result is a session coruscating with uncommon vigour and spontaneity. And yet most of us would give a tooth to be able to engineer a product of such sonic warmth in the space of a weekend.
The Situationist – another lesson in song-serving intuition from Andrew Morris – is being released through Morris’s own label, Soul Arch Recordings.
As for the epic, brooding Euro-rock album… you’ll have to wait a few more months for that.