Simon Morel | Songs from the City

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Songs from the City

by Simon Morel

Brit-inspired guitar pop. Hook-filled, melodic indie pop from Australia. Think Teenage Fanclub to George Harrison to Squeeze to.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Sick & tired
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2. Tea & sympathy
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3. Would you let me?
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4. Gold plated
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5. Stained
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6. My friend
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7. Point of view
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8. Living without you
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9. Better time
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10. Too late for another sorry
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Expect British guitar based indie-pop – from Teenage Fanclub to Squeeze from this Australian based, but British born singer-songwriter.

Simon Morel has a music career that stretches over the last 15 years, having played the UK university circuit in a variety of bands from a mid 90's pop combo to a 12 piece funk orchestra.

In addition to having recently returned from a tour covering Japan, England, Wales, France, Germany and Spain, Simon has recently finished recording his debut solo album 'Songs from the City' - out now!

A regular of the Sydney solo acoustic singer-songwriter scene, Simon has played at various Sydney and Newcastle venues including The Basement, The Exchange Hotel, The Commercial, Unity Hall, Roxbury, Empire Hotel, Iguana Bar and Australian Youth Hotel.

Alongside his live performances, Simon has featured as a live studio guest on 'Arvos' on FBi 94.5, on ‘AcousticA’ on 2SER 107.3FM and 'Songwriters Across Australia' on 40 local stations nationwide.

In addition to his solo career, Simon also works with Amanda Easton (www.amandaeaston.com) and Jeannette Mangan as a session guitarist. They are currently performing live across Sydney.


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Kells

Songs from the city is a great musical experience, let's hear more.
Simon Morel's Debut Album is an enjoyable journey of discovery as this singer/songwriter comes into his own. With songs such as the emotional 'Sick and Tired' to the edgey 'Gold-plated' this will be one CD which will spend alot of time in your player.

Little Bro

very proud of my big bro from St. Ouen...Well done mate!
very catchy tunes, like the genre, instant fan and can't wait for the next installment. Well done.

Dawn Morel

Brilliant, fantastic, 100% improvement since January,keep it up
Loved the cover, original, easy to listen to, real handsome guy, brilliant guitar playing, great.

AbsolutePowerPop.com

CD of the Day, 2/18/06: Simon Morel-Songs From The City
Released last June, Australian Simon Morel's debut album, Songs From The City, is a solid collection of singer-songwriter pop, from the Squeeze-ish opener "Sick and Tired" to the 80s-sounding standout "Gold Plated", and the beautiful ballad "Stained". Other highlights include the uptempo "Point of View" and the ruminative closer "Home Address".

You can stream "Gold Plated", "Stained" and "Point of View" at Simon's myspace page, and "Sick and Tired" can be streamed here. And the rest can be sampled at the cdbaby page, where of course you can buy it if you like it.

Malcolm Carter

Simon Morel : Songs From The City
Simon Morel will be a new name to many, although he has in fact had a music career that goes back 15 years (so why does he look so young in the CD booklet then? Tell me your secret, Morel!) and has apparently been around the U.K. university circuit playing in various bands. He has also toured taking in Spain, Japan and France to name just a few of the countries he has played in. Maybe it’s just some other parts of Europe that have yet to discover the guitar based pop music that Morel, on the evidence of 'Songs from the City', which is his first album, is excellent at making.

Born in Britain but currently based in Australia, it’s no surprise then that Morel’s debut is produced by Australian pop King Michael Carpenter. And it will therefore be no further surprise that with Carpenter involved that this is a collection of eleven superbly produced and played pure pop gems.

As with the other Carpenter related release this month (Adam Power’s excellent ‘What Were Sundays For?’) Morel tackles the whole spectrum of pop/ rock and comes out on top. He handles the more upbeat songs like ‘Gold Plated’, just one of the songs which shows what a good lyricist Morel is with lines which haven’t been seen since Squeeze were at their best, (“I’m not always what she wants me to be, she’s got to realise this isn’t TV, It all started sometime in November and now it’s over – it’s only December”), as well as more subdued straight love songs like ‘Stained’ with ease. Switching from love struck to love lost and from rock to ballad is no problem for the talented Morel.

Vocally Morel has a clear voice. You never have to strain to hear what he is singing about, which is good when his lyrics are always so interesting. It’s pointless trying to come up with any comparisons vocally. Although not the kind of vocalist that makes you think “Who the hell is that?” Morel is a more than competent vocalist and has the type of voice that will appeal to many people of different age groups.

Although Michael Carpenter not only produces but plays his usual array of instruments including drums, bass, guitars and keyboards as well as supplying backing vocals and his presence is obvious it’s still very much Morel’s album. Morel’s melodies are strong and, as stated before, lyrically Morel really shines. By writing about everyday topics we can all relate too and by keeping things simple and direct with just a touch of humour here and there; “I’ve got a lot of words just waiting here to rhyme”, from ‘Tea & Sympathy’ is a good example, and in wrapping those words in memorable tunes Morel has sensibly chosen a producer who can make the best of those songs.

Morel isn’t going to change the world with this album but it’s a solid collection of songs, superbly produced and played. These songs are timeless. They’ll sound as good in 5 years as they do now, they don’t belong to any passing trend. They are strong pop songs which when looking back on what will hopefully be a long career Morel should be proud of, especially for a first album.