It’s crazy for me to think that young musicians will never know the pain of writing music you can’t record. When I was sixteen years I was already composing music. At that point almost no one had gear to record and this was only twenty years ago. I remembering going to my neighbor’s house who happened to have one of those ’90s tape recorders where you could make overdubs. He played me his music and I was blown away despite the pretty bad audio quality. The setup was confusing, every overdub would cause tape degradation and the worst was when your tape got stuck or even broke.
Today sixteen year olds like Luke Morris have almost endless possibilities with music with even the most basic of setups. Morris recorded his album In The Wrong Place All The Time with a laptop using a cheap interface, one microphone and his instruments. His music isn't exactly studio quality but if you heard this music coming from a typical DIY guy or gal twenty years with the junk he or she had in his basement you would consider it a freakin miracle.
The production on In The Wrong Place All The Time isn’t the only thing that I was impressed by. Morris is displaying a good amount of talent in general, The fact that he is so young makes his the potential of future musical endeavors that more exciting. He opens with “Digital Heart” which is a simple, basic indie pop song. Nothing too out of the ordinary here but it is pretty catchy all around. The song has the intensity of a typical song from The Shins.
He has some more success with “Underground” and “Return” but I was most impressed by “Emeralds.” His vocals really shine here and the lyrics are surprisingly poignant. Another standout and arguable highlight was “Halfway There (Probably).”
In The Wrong Place All The Time isn’t perfect but Morris is off to a great start. That's not something I can say about a lot of sixteen year olds making DIY style recordings.
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