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Sound Album Review

Morwic: “Sound” – a definite core structure that the listener can dwell on

When I listen to ambient, I find that usually I put it on for the reason of not having to pay too much attention to it. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but for workload productivity ambient generally works the best to fill the gap of silence while not degrading the attention I can give to whatever it is that I’m doing. Occasionally interspersed with other records, this week Morwic’s Sound” was my go-to album for these occasions. I would send this album through the speakers to give me something to occupy my mind in the spaces when it wasn’t occupied with something else. But something strange happened.

I eventually began to notice that I was paying more and more attention to the actual record with each successive play through. Instead of using Sound” to fill a void in-between thoughts, I began to contemplate on the album itself, devoting the time to it that I would have to any other album. It was then that the 7 track “Sound” became much more than a record of background noise, it was a brilliant exercise in sonic subtlety.

Though absolutely beautiful, it’s hard to sit down and love this album after just one or two listens. This is the kind of music that thrives on being completely present as it grows on you; it is an aural exercise in familiarity breeds affection. So, as the exposure begins to frequent your environment, the individual musical elements take form and grow inside your head, even when you’re not actively listening to the album. “Sound” doesn’t contain formless pieces of music; each song has a definite core structure that the listener can dwell on for the duration.

Tracks like “Dark Times”, McKays Fiber” and “Henna” have a clearly defined structure that relies on a single melody, no matter how feeble it may seem, to progress its way through the track. It is a careful contemplation on the power of repetition of a single idea. The second a motif or idea is finished you find yourself wanting to hear that sound again, and again, and again. That subtlety is really the true power that lies beneath this album.

Nothing about it grabs your attention violently but rather seeps into your mind over time, slowly growing until you can no longer ignore it. Eventually you will being to learn each and every curve of the sounds and the shapes that Morwic as infused into these compositions. It is the hidden beauty that makes affection all the more exciting, and always keeps you coming back for more.

Morwic has created his own personal form of ambience on “Sound” that feels, while based in familiarity, impossibly active and subconscious, each moment presents a subtle directional shift that carries with it a singular design. Morwic, who has been producing music alternately for 35 years, explained that the mixture of ambient layered textures and other organic sounds with a splashes of orchestral elements, was recorded live in one take, and with minimal editing in post-production. “Sound” is his 10th album release.

Majestic Album Review

Morwic has done it again. I am a huge fan of this artist’s music and Majestic is the best album yet.

Whether or not I am interpreting the music as the composer intended, it speaks to me with beautiful stories that go straight to my soul.

For me, the first track, Call to Arms, sets the tone for a powerful story that is about to unfold. Suspense, drama, action that is waiting in the wings, but the stage is not quite set.

Next comes Steel Sky, “Rocket Jockeys Theme”. As I listen, I feel as though I am being introduced to the protagonist of the story. The mood is elevated; there is power and strength.

“Star Gazing”… so beautiful and one of my favourite things to do. When I close my eyes, I can see the constellations twinkling in a black night sky.

And “Night Fall” – such a sweet element of romance, of love lived, and love lost… it speaks to the aching and yearning of a heart filled with passion and longing, and the pain of unrequited love.

Morwic’s music always stirs something deep within my soul, and this album is the most powerful one yet. Emotions and long-forgotten memories come rushing to the surface and I delight in every one of them.

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Aurora Album Review

“Aurora” Review

The album “Aurora” by Morwic is absolutely stunning. Ethereal, mystical, haunting… within seconds, the first track, “Calypso”, brought tears to my eyes; it was deeply moving. As an author, an artist, and a musician, I can feel the unfolding story as I move through the album.

Clearly, Morwic is a deeply sensitive soul and gifted in unique musical self-expression in a way that mere words fail to describe. As I listen to each track, I am transported a little further from my own daily concerns and taken deeper into a meditative, restful, and dare I say magical place.

I have heard a lot of ambient music as I live a very spiritual life. I can honestly say that Morwic’s music has just risen to the top of my list of favourites. I close my eyes…I hear the gentle sweetness of violins juxtaposed with feeling the power of the Universe.

Morwic’s beautiful music is a perfect accompaniment to meditation, to creative endeavors such as art or writing, to any kind of soul-connecting work such as journalling.

I am a huge fan and can’t wait to share Morwic’s brilliance with my family and friends. This music is so powerful and so moving…simply exquisite.

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Majestic Album Review

Morwic: “Majestic” – a passionate set of soundscapes that evoke mystical emotion

Morwic is masterful with compositions that can come off as pure anticipation build to the uninitiated, an overly simple generalization for the sweeping crescendos, morbidly grand gestures and patient eruptions lurking in the album “Majestic” which deftly wields a cinematic flair. It’s a thrill to hear Morwic’s sense of control and conservative energy capping certain parts at a gentle murmur. In other words, the work here, produced with Logic X and Reason 8, is otherworldly.

If you are impatient, you’ll dread wondering if some of the songs are going anywhere, but most listeners will be fully rewarded with the promise that even the most ominous music on here is leading up to something transportive.

Morwic tackles sound-tracking the quiet isolation of space with a smart emphasis on how ominous, yet how delicate and fragile its existence is. There is an almost chamber music reminiscent reverence, and stillness in some of these songs, calm before, after and during the storm moments lesser artists would completely bungle.

Morwic-logoThe album could probably be split up into two categories: ‘soft’ and ‘less soft.’ You will find almost no hard-hitting percussive phrases here or strong soaring melodies, and when the music does exceed past the level of ‘mezzo forte’, it is extremely powerful and will invigorate you.

It’s a passionate set of soundscapes that evoke mystical emotion when one listens to it, relying heavily on its building atmospherics to pull the listener’s attention. This is definitely one of those albums that will have a more potent impact if it was linked to moving pictures. That is not to say that the pieces do not stand on their own merits, but that most of them would make fantastic movie music.

I think listeners tend to get bogged down when listening to music of this caliber trying to comprehend the “meaning” of everything, while easily forgetting the true emotional core that is unfolding before them. This happens to me often, as I search for the ‘hidden meaning’ in music.

Sure there are plenty of ideas going around in Morwic’s music and the album’s storyline, but if you focus on the soundscapes at hand, you will be rewarded by emotionally resonating sounds it delivers. It is haunting and beautiful in places, dark and menacing in others, without ever becoming overwhelming. Morwic’s main theme is uplifting and inspirational without being bombastic.

The music is just as compelling as the album’s title would lead to believe.  Morwic’s use of leitmotifs ( as opposed to melodies) in each song really brings a sense of emotion as he modifies the way the chords sound to connote the feeling in certain pieces while maintaining the over-arching theme of the album.

Obviously being more of a soundtrack-type or ambient album, the need to single out tracks makes no sense, as you need to settle down in a chair somewhere, turn down the lights, and kick this thing off from track one, if you want to be engulfed by its sonic experience.  Also take into account that Morwic’s tracks are produced for 5.1 Surround Sound, and there’s no doubt that “Majestic” will send you to the stars and back again!

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