Michael McDermott (from the album Orphans available on Pauper Sky Records)
Michael McDermott unpacks a suitcase full of goodbyes on his recent release, Orphans, stickering the tracks with cities signs that strike memories. He bids goodnight to Hollywood Boulevard with “Los Angeles, a Lifetime Ago” as Orphans recalls a conversation \cruising wet streets on “Rainy Nights in Memphis” and puts a bounce into the rhythm remembering “Richmond”. The tunes that come together to form Orphans are bonded in a common past, Michael McDermott giving the backstory for the album saying ‘some songs won’t go away. On all of my records there’s this stack of songs that won’t make it and they disappear for good. It wasn’t the case this time. This isn’t an outtake album. I have an album waiting to go, but these songs were too loud in my heart, they kept waking me at night. These songs are orphans, in much the same way I’ve felt in the last three years’.
Michael McDermott tells a good story, putting flesh on characters, their skin wearing confessions on a tattoo sleeve for “Ne’er Do Well” while awkward facial expressions focus on “Black Tree, Blue Sky” as the story reminisces and Michael McDermott lets his mind take a personal accounting on the piano rambles of “What If Today Were My Last”. Orphans falls in line with the revolution rhythms and resolve when the hammering beat creates a powerful current carrying Michael McDermott through the doors of a better tomorrow with “Givin Up the Ghost”. The tick of a “Tell Tale Heart” sets the bar for Orphans as secrets are shared while Michael McDermott sails city streets pausing to quieting and hear the deafening silence build in “Full Moon Goodbye”.
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