Gurf Morlix (from the album The Soul and the Heal)
Van Gogh lost an ear to raging emotions in his head though he caught the eyes of Gurf Morlix with the calm attention to detail in his brush strokes. Gurf draws a link between the work of Van Gogh and the songs on his recent release, The Soul and the Heal, recalling that ‘I once spent an entire afternoon at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, staring at the five or so paintings I thought were the ones that transcended time and space, thinking about how the mixes of my songs, and the sound of the albums I produce, could somehow represent the depth I found in those works of art’. Over gently rolling rhythms, Gurf Morlix sings of how the desire to offer the perfect song, or word, or though, is a universal goal in “Move Someone”. The Soul and the Heal pounds out a beat for optimism in “Love Remains Unbroken”, puts a body of desire into one moment for “Quicksilver Kiss”, weaves on a drunken groove to stay ahead of bad times in “Deeper Down”, and peals a bandage of pain off slowly with “I’m Bruised, I’m Broken”.
Nothing is predictable as Gurf Morlix walks across the tracks of The Soul and the Heal. Size does not matter on the album, quality wins out over quantity, the reasons evident for the full album worth of a listen as Gurf explains that ‘I do all this because I care. I care about the songs, which are my babies. I care so much about the sound. I obsess over the recording process more than you will ever know. Every note that was played has been considered extensively, from every possible angle. I try to find the exact placement for every part. From side to side, in the listener’s head. From top to bottom. From front to back. This is all extremely important to me’. The instruments on “Right Now” leave wide open spaces in their delivery, the openness on the tune as important as the playing as Gurf Morlix creates the buzz of “My Chainsaw” with the sizzle and crunch of guitar notes. A chill slows the blood flowing to the beat in “Cold Here Too” as rhythm slides around the sound curves that curl up, in, and around “Bad Things” while Gurf fits comfortably into the skin of a sage, closing The Soul and the Heal with heart touches and truths in “The Best We Can”. Gurf Morlix takes his music beyond the last note on the album with the promise/suggestion that ‘If I’m playin’ somewhere near you, please make the effort to come see me. You’ll laugh, and you’ll cry. You’ll get a good show. You’ll be glad you came. If you know a place you think I should play, let me know. If you wanna have me play a house concert, or know someone that might want to host one, let me know’.