‘Rainbow Man’ from Eddy Morton - laden with iconic hooks and melodies that remain(May 19, 2015)
Across his music, solo or in bands, Eddy Morton has always adopted a singular stance and his solo album, ‘Rainbow Man’, reflects exactly that with a selection of songs that look both inwards and outwards. The art of communicating the narrative is frequently underrated, but when you come across a master of the art the skill is evident. Morton is one of those virtuosos that take storytelling to another level, add an unerring ability to write tunes laden with iconic hooks and melodies that remain long after the songs ends and the hold is complete.
To understand Morton’s gift for songwriting take time to listen to the title track ‘Rainbow Man’, it possesses an indefinable something that makes a faultless song, the life of our inland waterways and the canal-dwellers struggles for ‘rights-of-passage’ breathes through ‘The Battle for Stourbridge’, by contrast ‘London Town’ takes issue with conflicting sides of city immigration. The power of his writing pours through the observations of ‘This Is War In Any Other Name’, ‘Emily’ and ‘Angels Never Cry’ but for me, the pick of the crop is the presence of ‘When I’m Gone’ driven by soft piano echoes and emotional vocals.
Playing on ‘Rainbow Man’ are Eddy Morton (guitar, piano, percussion, vocals) Andy Jones (fiddle) Trevor Spinks (dobro) Aidan O’Brien (uillean pipes) Eliza Marshall (Bansoori, bass flute) Lee Southall (harmonica) and special guest Sunjay (guitar). Find the man and his music here: www.newmountainmusic.com
Review: Tim Carroll