Following on from his debut single ‘Fine Now’, (featured as Record of the Week on BBC Introducing) the fast emerging artist is already no stranger to taking risks with releases. ‘Fine Now’ is an emotional rollercoaster in the form of a ballad with a Pink Floyd-esque climax, and now with ‘Another Boy’, The Last Morrell offers up a more upbeat introspective look at identity and particularly how men are struggling to come to terms with it.
The song’s harmony plants its roots in classic r’n’b with its feel but quickly reveals a more contemporary message and the emotional connectivity that people will quickly come to associate with The Last Morrell alongside his powerful vocal range.
“I guess I reached an age where I realised that despite all of our modern-day efforts to individualise ourselves on social media or through fashion or whatever, we are all essentially the same as everyone else. Our identities and behaviours are all taught to us and we can quickly unravel them and strip them away. Men are having a hard time with this particularly as masculinity as we once knew it seems a bit redundant, we’re all thinking about what being a man is all about in 2019. This song is a tongue-in-cheek look at my own anxieties about my identity and growing up.” says The Last Morrell.
Raised in a small Yorkshire town, he grew up being comforted by the sounds of Seattle’s grunge and alternative rock scene. The lyrics painted feelings of being trapped, bored and angry, which connected him to an American sound that has permeated through his first songs written as a teenager, to present day. Inspired by artists such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Jeff Buckley as well as contemporary artists such as Father John Misty, Jordan Rakai, PJ Morton and Emily King. Artists such as Led Zeppelin and Supertramp showed The Last Morrell the potential strength that can be found in being an outsider.
The fledgling artist has already performed alongside BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter Tom Odell and exciting jazz four-piece Ezra Collective, with his stock continuing to rise. He also performs as a session musician, hiding at the back of the stage playing keys and guitar for ‘alternative soul’ artist VC Pines and prodigal talent Caitlyn Scarlett. Meanwhile his monthly Sofar Sounds shows have seen him rub shoulders with a slew of fellow up-and-coming artists.
The Last Morrell’s first headline show at The Servant Jazz Quarters in London on October 17th is expected to sell out.