Tuesday 13 July 2021

TRACK OF THE DAY : Odd Morris - The Once Was Enough

It’s easy to lose yourself in the songs of Dublin four piece Odd Morris. New track The Once Was Enough, a taster from their forthcoming EP Cityscape The Ballet due later this year, follows in the same vein. It’s dreamy and haunting with brooding sonic landscapes full of intent and sentiment that tug at the heartstrings.

Surrounded by everything and everyone but alone in fear you can sense the vulnerability and sensitivity of the subject. The band’s unique and honest approach to songwriting prevalent because if you can’t be true to yourself then how can you justify pouring out your heart and sharing your innermost feelings with strangers?

Kris Hassett’s edgy angular guitar and the pummelling intoxicating drums of Sam Martin open the song and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was going to be a heavy song (sonically) before Daragh Griffin’s beautiful harmonious vocal eclipses everything before it.

A soothing shimmering release of raw emotion, heavy in feeling, aided and abetted by Ciarán McCarthy’s rumbling bass line - like thunder and rain, the calm before the storm, there’s outpouring of real emotion and a sense of love, loss, despair and so much more.

“So delicate on skin, wanna taste it again, Don’t wake me up I’m dreaming, don’t let me see the morning alone” Daragh wistfully pleads.

The importance of sharing your thoughts and feelings has never been more so than in the current climate and as we feel the music engulf us into a claustrophobic state of sheer panic Daragh sings "I only learned to love with all of my heart, Though I never learned to trust”

The rhythm and the melody that you associate with Odd Morris is utilised to great effect in their most exciting track to date and it’s the clearest indication yet that the band are following their own path. They trust and believe in their own ability and others would do well to follow suit.

Odd Morris's website can be found here and they are on Facebook and Twitter.

They play Sheffield Get Together Festival (August 8), Dublin Grand Social (September 25), Glasgow Hug And Pint (November 3), Manchester Gullivers (4) and London Sebright Arms (5)

photo credit - John Lyons

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