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by Joshua Morrison

"A serene demonstration that those unsigned artists out there can entertain and cerebrally connect with you better than an army of million dollar studio engineers. An album this good deserves more than 'impressive', but I’m at a loss for words." ~www.smo
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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2. westport
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3. alabaster
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4. madness
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'Westport' featured on Ball of Wax volume II 'Alabaster' featured on Ball of Wax volume V (www.ballofwax.org)

"Joshua Morrison is a talented singer/songwriter who writes sweeping tales that court melodies. Armed with fantastic songwriting, Morrison enlists three others to help out on this dynamic and stirring EP. His vocals are crisp basking in clarity and harmony—guest crooner Bethany Woll sounds well positioned next to his quiet but engaging vocal arrangements. A serene demonstration that those unsigned artists out there can entertain and cerebrally connect with you better than an army of million dollar studio engineers. An album this good deserves more than “impressive”, but I’m at a loss for words."
~www.smother.net

I grew up in a small town Northeast of Seattle, tucked in below the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Music has always been a comfort to me. As a child, my mother dragged me to the symphony while my father did his best to expose me to his own mix of the Moody Blues, Glenn Campbell, and everything in between.
At 15, I bought a $50 guitar from a friend and took lessons for about a year or two. With my driver's license came frequent trips to Seattle to see local bands like Pedro the Lion, Rocky Votolato, and Death Cab.
I joined the Army in eary 2004 after accruing my fair share of student loans. In college, I mostly played at small coffee shops and bars in the Puget Sound area. Nearly three years in the Army have led me to a greater appreciation of many things, music certainly being one of them. I play and record whenever I can, scribble lyrics on notepads when I can't.
I wrote these songs after returning from Iraq in 2005. At the time, I was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, 15 minutes away from the hospital where I was born. Five months in Iraq away from family, friends, and my guitar led to plenty of nights hunched over an old 4-track recorder after I returned in January. I was fortunate enough to get some time in a small studio before moving to North Carolina in January of 2006.

New full-length available May 2007. It would have been earlier than that had the first batch not been stolen from my doorstep after being left by lazy fedex person. No hard feelings


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Dave L.

I love it!!!
Awesome CD! After owning it a week, it has been the first disc I listen to in the morning while I prep for work. And everytime, the song Westport makes me want to call my ex and chat for a while! Great instrumentation backed by wonderful vocals and writing. I am very pleased with this CD!

CD Baby


Though only a demo, Joshua Morrison’s debut sounds fully realized, a near twenty-one minutes of hauntingly beautiful acoustic pop. Equally rich and sparse, Morrison’s contemplative, slumbering voice perches atop the late-night-turned-morning sound of the instrumentation. Using simple, well-put acoustic guitar strumming and picking behind his voice, and light percussion to flesh out the songs, along with various other parts that come and go to the songs benefit, Morrison captures your attention – and heart – with songs that are equally achingly sad and tearfully joyous.

Thomas M Castillo

Nice Demo!
Really great, laid back sound.

Tom S

Do yourself a favor
Do yourself a favor and listen to this CD. There's a hushed, peaceful beauty in each song on this album. I'd recommend listening to it late at night while you're driving in your car.

S


WOW!!!!!! REALLY REALLY GOOD!!!!!!! I Love this music, the melodies stirred up a lot of emotion in me, vocals were haunting. The music kept me spellbound. GREAT STUFF

Peej

Super!
This cd is great, I can't wait for the forthcoming cd this spring.

Brett Wood

A new favorite
Acoustic pop at it's best. I can not believe how many talented unsigned artists there are out there. If i didn't stumble upon Joshua Morrison then I wouldn't know he exists and that would be a terrible shame. Can't wait for the new CD.

Abbey

I do like this.
new CD for abbey. yay!

Andrew Gawronski

Morrison's "demo" is grown up for a first offering
At six tracks long, Joshua Morrison’s “Demo” is rather generous for any artist’s first offering. This is not to say that Morrison wasted any of that extra plastic. Each of the nearly 21 minutes composing this CD flow seamlessly; every moment seems surprisingly paramount.
“Demo” goes down like a finely brewed tea. This album is delicious, both for what it is, and for what it is not. Morrison, like an expert brewer, provides just the right amount of flavor with each moment, and never saturates the listener with sugary sweetness - as so many artists these days are prone to do - leaving the listener thirsting for more.
“Demo” is surprisingly grown up for a first offering. This maturity likely comes from Morrison’s experiences touring Seattle clubs with the likes of Arco and Terrene.
Dark and mellow, “Demo” contains hints that will remind the listener of bands like Pedro the Lion, Arco, T.W. Walsh, and South. This doesn’t mean that Morrison’s work is just another indie-rock clone. “Demo” not only stands on its own, but takes the listener to places most other bands couldn’t even imagine.
Morrison’s voice is exceptional. Clear and crisp, his voice effortlessly travels the entire spectrum of volume, rising to a crescendo before sinking to a faint whisper. Bethany Woll’s voice complements Morrison’s perfectly, striking a compelling harmony that will leave you feeling just a little fuzzy all over.
Morrison does outstanding things in this CD. Expertly using negative space, he leaves the listener yearning for the next note. Morrison provides the listener with just a little less than desired with each note, and provides each note just a little bit later then hoped for, creating a void in the listener that could swallow an entire Sufjan Stevens CD in a single bite.
“Demo” will remind you of the feelings of your first crush, your first passion, and your first hunger: those feelings that make you human.

Mr Hooper

Try to stop playing it!
Well thanks to CDbaby I stumbled upon this little gem that has found an almost permanent location in my stereo. Each track has its own world and the CD takes control of the mood. Cant wait to get the 4 extra tracks which are on the album, and I really hope there is more to come SOON!