Mint #141 : Morrissey ‘Low In High School’

There’s no denying that Steven Patrick Morrissey divides opinion, but his eleventh solo album ‘Low In High School’ has some real corkers. Perhaps focusing more on the instrumentals for sync, the tracks go from reflective, filmic Morricone whistles of ‘When You Open Your Legs’, dark and eerie moments, lone drumming on ‘Israel’ to lone piano and haunting laughter on ‘Bury The Living’. To the more upbeat bombastic tracks such as ‘My Love, I’d Do Anything For You’ with swaggering horns, quirky piano and a bit of flamenco on ‘The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel’ and even a nod to The Beatles on ‘All The Young People Must Fall In Love’.

Released 17-11-17 | BMG own the masters and 50% publishing

My Love, I’d Do Anything for 

0:27 sec intro : odd / dramatic intro / horns – bit Arctic Monkeys / 0:48 / 1:22 – I’d do anything for you / togetherness / upbeat / bombastic

I Wish You Lonely
1:09 wonky instrumental with good ohs

Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up on the Stage
Classic Smiths / 2:08 instrumental break, dramatic, horns / 3:00 – everybody’s heading for the exit / escapism / freedom

Home Is a Question Mark
Classic Morrissey / Christmasy intro with bells / thoughtful / 1:08/2:00 / 2:49 – Home – not really belonging / sad / reflective / lost / 2:25 instrumental break – Twin Peaks – dramatic with strings

Spent the Day in Bed
Quirky piano intro / lazy / kicking against going to work / social commentary / be your own boss

I Bury the Living
Subtle filmic intro / sad / reflective / anticipation / 2:36 – great instrumental break / dramatic / 5:39 – ohs ahs and ba ba bas / reflective / stripped back / 6:51 haunting laughter

In Your Lap
Nice dramatic stripped down piano.

The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel
Flamenco / quirky. Listen 2:32 – instrumental break with ohs ahs and ba ba bas

All the Young People Must Fall in Love
Classic Morrissey. Great handclap introduction – listen at 0:53/2:20/2:45/3:13 – chorus – bit Give Peace A Chance / horns 

When You Open Your Legs
Listen 2:20/2:57 – good quirky middle eastern instrumental sections – so need instrumental / 3:30 – Morricone whistles

Who Will Protect Us from the Police?
Dramatic intro / horns / anti-establishment / 2:50 – what should I? –  indecision / looking for answers

Dramatic intro / reflective piano listen from 2:33 – lone drumming – dramatic / going into battle

Azusena ‘Red Sky’ (file under Lana Del Rey)

Azusena has just signed to Caroline/Fiction and her debut single ‘Red Sky’ is out now and has a nod to Lana Del Rey and Pumarosa. (Publishing is via Sentric and registered for TV usage.)
Her honeyed, enticing voice brings weight to her folky, electronic soul, and she says “If I couldn’t write my own music, I wouldn’t be doing this. I could never let anyone write my songs for me, especially my lyrics. They are so personal.”
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Having a mother who worked alongside Prince for 12 years and an 80’s supermodel father, is quite a parentage for Azusena.
Her origins span the majority of continents – Europe, America and Asia. Azusena grew up splitting her time between the USA and Britain. Born in New York, she went to boarding school in Wales but spent the majority of her life in the Wirral which she considers home.
She sites The Cocteau Twins as her favourite band of all time, and Kid A is her favourite album, however Azusena sees film as her single biggest influence with Wim Wenders and Jean-Jacques Beineix having the biggest impact. “I have always listened to mantras and melodies and instrumentals so I try to incorporate that in to my own music.”
Insta: @azusenamusik

2017 – a taste of what’s to come #newmusic

Here’s a lovely assortment of new releases from Caroline International,
with many new albums on their way.  

Valerie June : soulful vocalist. New album due March
British Sea Power : new album after 4 years released in March
Glass Animals new clean edit of ‘Pork Soda’ and remix of ‘Season 2 Episode 3’ ahead of their Brixton Academy gig
The Amazons, The Big Moon and Pumarosa hotly-anticipated debut albums due in the Spring 
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E White sublime covers duet album
The welcome return of Marika Hackman, The Dandy Warhols, Pulled Apart By Horses, The New PornographersBush, the legendary Van Morrison and Paul Weller’s remix of Syd Arthur and singles from Vitalic, AFI, Banfi, Dan CrollTwin Peaks, Tom Williams, Childish Gambino, Palace, Sylvan Esso, James Hersey, Drones ClubDenzel Curry, Day Wave, Joseph J Jones, Cate Le Bon, Matthew & The Atlas and Plaitum 

*Caroline International controls master rights for all artists.