Sunday, August 20, 2017

Prologue

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When it was all over, I would walk down 57th Street, cut down Blackstone Avenue to 55th, and make my way to Promontory Point – known simply as “The Point” to Hyde Parkers, and something of a secret spot where the children of university professors were rumored to take LSD, a drug no longer particularly fashionable in the early 2000’s but perhaps of enduring local interest for sharing an acronym with the very Lake Shore Drive that separated the “The Point” from the rest of the neighborhood.  LSD on LSD.  Layers of meaning – a penchant shared with academic parents educated in the 1960s.


I went to “The Point” to look out across Lake Michigan, its vastness so incomprehensible to my Kansas eyes that I would sometimes refer to it as “the ocean” in conversation, eliciting the ridicule of Chicagoans and outing myself as an outsider.  But that was what I loved most of all about the lake – that it could alter perspective, play tricks on the mind, conjure the California coast on an Illinois plain.  And I needed a portal to California, a way to access all that had happened in the preceding eleven months.

Jesse Henkensiefken - Cello
Michalis Koutsoupides - Violin / Viola

Recorded spring 2003, Lawrence, Kansas.
Mixed and Mastered by Matt LaPoint.
Original Release Date: 6 June 2004 (Broken Horse).

Image: unknown (viewfinder card from Morgan family archives).

Friday, August 11, 2017

William's Song

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1970's kitchen linoleum at sunrise, peering out into the meadow through the screen door, John Coltrane's "Wise One" on repeat.  William came into our lives in the springtime, a sprawling sphinx among smaller creatures, spanning city centers.  Shimmies, scrambles, spontaneous rises into aerial displays of happiness, reminding us that there are galaxies, however vast or infinitesimal.

Alex Doolittle - Drums / Congas
Audrey Herren - Cello (support)
John McMahon - Cello (main)
Andrew Morgan - Guitar / Piano / Harpsichord / Harmonium / Mellotron / Triangle / Feedback
Anne Schneller - Violin
Chris Shaw - Upright Bass
Erin Wood - Harp

Recorded spring and summer 2016, Lawrence, Kansas // Boise, Idaho.
Mixed and Mastered by Matt LaPoint.
Released 22 September 2017.

Image: "Pike's Peak through the Gateway of the Garden of the Gods, Colorado" (viewfinder card from Morgan family archives).

Saturday, August 5, 2017

LYON - TRAILS

Coming on the 2017 autumnal equinox: LYON - TRAILS.  

01. William's Song
02. Prologue
03. Fourvière (II)
04. Parc de la Tête d'Or (II)
05. Leaves (III)
06. For a Little While
07. Granville
08. Rising
09. Portent
10. First Light, Stoneback Drive
11. Darkening 

Preview the album here.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Nocturama

Released on the 2017 summer solstice, Nocturama is a split EP featuring two Andrew Morgan pop songs and two LYON instrumentals.  

Listen to opening track "Solarium," which features lyrics by poet Candice Wuehle and has twice been aired on Gideon Coe's BBC Radio 6 Music show.  

For more on LYON, read a write-up by Tired Sounds on the instrumental music project's debut.

Listening: Art Farmer - To Sweden With Love (1964).

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Solarium on BBC Radio 6 Music

"Solarium," the opening track from the Andrew Morgan // LYON summer solstice split EP Nocturama was played by Gideon Coe on his BBC Radio 6 Music show on Thursday June 22 and Tuesday July 18.  Listen to the song -- music by Andrew & lyrics by poet Candice Wuehle -- here.

Monday, July 24, 2017

LYON - MoonStone


Please enjoy "MoonStone" -- the closing track on the AM // LYON summer solstice split EP Nocturama.  The video features footage of the moon taken by Apollo 12 in November 1969, and the Jorge Luis Borges poem "The Moon" (1960):


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PRESENTING: LYON // Favorite Instrumental Works 1888 - 2014


With the release of LYON on the first day of spring 2017, I wanted to share some of my favorite instrumental works, spanning from 1888 to 2014.  Click on the links below to enjoy the music on YouTube:

Erik Satie - Trois Gymnopédies (1888)

Claude Debussy -  Nuages (1899)

Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F Major (1903)

Johnny Smith Quintet - Moonlight in Vermont (1956)

Duke Ellington - Indigos (1958)

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (1959)

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things (1961)

Wes Montgomery - Bumpin' (1965)

Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple (1966)

Antonio Carlos Jôbim - Wave (1967)

Andrés Segovia - España (1968)

David Axelrod - Songs of Innocence (1968)

Arthur Verocai - Arthur Verocai (1972)

Mulatu Astatke - Éthiopiques 4 (1974)

Air - Premiers Symptômes (1997)

Boards of Canada - In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country (2000)

Yann Tiersen - Amélie (2001)

Alberto Iglesias - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Grey Light of the Season (US)


I'm pleased to announce a reissue:

Written across a Massachusetts autumn, Grey Light of the Season is a work of suspended animation -- of vanishing into October twilight.  Kindred in spirit to the more darkly enchanted folk of the 1960s, but wandering where it will, the album is a transportive Polaroid from Fall past and present.


The gestation period of the recordings was remarkably uncomplicated, with sessions taking place on weekday afternoons at makeshift studios in and around Lawrence, Kansas in fall 2009 and spring 2010.  Contributing overdubs via satellite were Laura Jane Scott (harp, vocals) of Los Angeles and John McMahon (cello) of Boise, Idaho.


Completed in August 2010, the album received its first proper release in February 2011 -- in two-volume, 23-track form -- on the Moorworks record label of Japan, where songs from the album were first played live in Tokyo, Sendai, and Yamagata in June and July 2008.


The U.S. reissue condenses the Japan edition, pairing 9 tracks from volume I with 3 tracks from volume II and 3 new instrumentals.  It will be released on the first full moon of 2017.