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T E Morris – The Long Distance Runner EP review

The wistful singer/songwriter produces a clear winner.

T E Morris

Setting T E Morris far apart from the consistent stream of determined singer songwriters is his sheer dedication to producing the most beautiful works of musical art. The perfect vehicle for his busy mind, Morris pours his soul into his latest offering.

By day, front man for five piece Her Name Is Calla, by night, hardworking solo musician and true master of his craft. As if to reinforce this impressive reputation, T E Morris now brings us The Long Distance Runner, a title which surely owes just as much to his seemingly boundless energy as it does his indefatigable spirit.

Comprising seven tracks and at just over 30 minutes in length The Long Distance Runner rests somewhere between an EP and an album, yet such is the broad emotional sweep of its content it defies both time and such simple classification.

The title track is a spine tingling introduction to a self-assured offering gushing with simple yet stunning melodies. Morris’ arresting vocals reveal an ability to make your heart simultaneously flutter and ache.

If You Need Me I’ll Be At Palomar shifts dramatically between pervading sadness to impassion whilst clouded in Celtic top notes. Elsewhere, a sense of sheer desperation is evident in the restlessness of Idea 4_6 Aug 2012 and I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There. The entire record can be felt lunging from soaring melancholia to deep sadness becomes second nature.

What becomes clear whilst listening to T E Morris, is that being T E Morris is not easy. His mind is fully saturated with ideas, something affirmed by his prodigious output, and his thoughts and feelings regularly spill over into what is the darker side of blue. Yet, despite its sheer volume and the unashamedly emotional expression of its content, his output remains consistently strong.

With lyrics filled with longing encased in effortless vocals, The Long Distance Runner wins first prize for listener satisfaction.

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