Monday 17 January 2011


Doing this blogging lark, you come to realise who's musical tastes match your own.  One person who falls into this category is Derek Bates, he of Evil Hand and Bottle of Evil infamy.  So, when Derek recommended Morstorphine, a new instrumental project he'd recently been mixing, it was no surprise I snatched the tracks off him to have a wee listen.  Here's one below for your aural pleasure...

Standing On Shadows

From what I'm told, this is pretty much the first mention of Morstorphine anywhere online.  If the atmospheric Standing On Shadows is anything to go by, hopefully it'll be the first of many.  So, until a website materialises, I asked one of the men behind the Skye-based project a few not-so-probing questions to try and shed some light on them.  Here's what he had to say...

Kowalskiy:  Who is Morstorphine?
Stephen:  Morstorphine is myself and Dougie Frew. We're pretty open about who plays with us, so whenever we need extra playing hands we ask friends or anyone who happens to be around to join us.

Kowalskiy:  How would you describe your sound?
Stephen:  We prefer the kind of music that makes us lose our way for a while. Whether we get lost in the light or dark doesn't really matter, so long as we get lost. The sound we have helps to get us into that state.

Kowalskiy:  What can we expect from you in 2011?
Stephen:  There's going to be two E.P's released late summer. One will be recorded by the courteous Evil Hand, while the other we'll be doing ourselves.

Kowalskiy:  Last one... who would you tip to do well this year?
Stephen:  Ursula Minor. They've been around for a bit, but they've got some nice new sounds. Besides, I knew the lead guitarist a few years back and it would be good to see him and the band raised above some others this year.

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