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‘As The Waves Came In’ from guitarist and songwriter Elliott Morris

(August 22, 2012)

A short EP ‘As The Waves Came In’ came my way just recently from Lincolnshire-born guitarist and songwriter Elliott Morris– and if the album that must surely follow has the assurance and Elliott Morrispoise of this offering then it’s going to make some waves. If you’re desperate to classify the music then you’ll probably have to make up an amalgam word - how about folk-acoustic-pop-rock? An untidy word-mess but one that could probably cover it. Then again, such definition may not include his accomplished percussive guitar technique (tapping strings and drumming the body), catchy melodies and engaging lyrics. Yes, I know it’s tempting to use phrases like ‘mature music from a young performer’ but in practice that’s what’s going on here.

The EP begins with the primarily acoustic, ‘The End Of The World’ with its multi-layered melody and vocals, moves into ‘Stand Up, Be Heard’ a classic example of Elliott’s distinctive playing style with rock-inspired breaks; while ‘The Great Escape’ extends that flavour with even more electric presence. And just when you think you’ve got the measure of his music, along comes ‘I Can’t See’ – pure, simple acoustic pleasure with tender lyrics and characteristic drumming style.

Elliott cites Eric Roche as his playing-style influence. For the detail freaks Elliott plays a custom-made, heavy-duty Hania guitar, another fine example of the guitar-makers art from Martin Harrison, custom guitar maker of renown. As a ‘taster’ for an idiosyncratic guitar style ‘As The Waves Came In’ is a fine appetiser - when comes the main course?

Reviewer: Tom Franks

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