Morton Valence – Me & Home James (Bastard Recordings)
Two years ago I made the debut Morton Valence‘s debut album my Album Of The Year. Since then, they’ve got so much better (as with Los Campesinos!, lower placing equals tougher year, not inferior album), turned into a really fantastic live band (due in no small part to new drummer Darryl) and basically continue to be fucking fabulous.
This was supposed to be a sort of anti-Americana Americana album, which isn’t entirely the case but from the mariachi rock of Red Rock Mountain to the steel guitar on Me & Home James (one of several tracks dragged out of contractual limbo to finally get a well-deserved proper release) to the mournful Johnny Dowd-ish duet of These Were The Things, there’s more than a hint of country here. There’s also soaring indie-electro-pop (Sailors), a Captain Beefheart tribute (Bad Times For The Hare Krishnas) and a helluva lot more. This album is rich and varied and smart and ace and while they’re getting more and more attention – here and overseas – they’re still not getting ENOUGH attention. So sort it out, okay?
A bit late, but here’s their Xmas song
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