"A wild 8-song collection that's all over the map musically: power pop, proto-punk, garbled Krautrock, indie rock, Fat Possum blues, and more." -- Big Takeover
"Morales doesn’t stand still or stagnate in one genre, which gives Call It In an added charm. While others have attempted it only to suffer from a critic(al) identity crisis, here, it’s just charming." -- Ghettoblaster
Austin songwriter Sean Morales is streaming his forthcoming solo debut Call It In in its entirety ahead of release starting today courtesy of Ghettoblaster Magazine. Morales, who also plays in James Arthur's Manhunt, enlisted the help of several local scene luminaries to complete the project, a frenetic 8-song album that explores a variety of styles. Hear & share the album in full HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.)
Treble recently hosted the title track HERE. Austin Town Hall shared the forlorn "We've Been Apart" HERE. And, the lead single, a cover of '70s British musician/producer Chris Spedding's "Video Life" previously premiered via The Spill and Big Takeover.
Sean Morales is a family man from Austin by way Norfolk, VA. He began writing the songs for Call it In while living alone in Houston, then started shaping the songs with wife and drummer, Erica Barton (also of Super Secret artists Faceless Werewolves), after moving back to Austin. Sean then reached out to Jonathan Horne, a brilliant Jazz-bent guitarist known for his work with Young Mothers, Ichi Ni San Shi, and Knest and other heavy friends from the Austin rock'n'roll underground like Orville Neely from OBN IIIs, Bryan Schmitz from the Golden Boys, and James Arthur from the band Sean regularly plays bass in, the blistering psych damaged James Arthur's Manhunt, to bring whatever they had on them at the time; be it laughter, Clubtails, or scorching guitar. The recording was expertly helmed by Stuart Sikes who's recorded cornerstone works by The White Stripes, Cat Power, and Loretta Lynn.
Call It In is an occasion to celebrate the ease of life. It's an inviting debut that calls you over for a sundown evening of bourbon on the porch and unfolds into unexpected conversational turns. There is an alien familiarity in this record that resembles a solo night drive through blabber and smoke to arrive at a familiar room to find that Alex Chilton, Wreckless Eric, and the members of Amon Duul are already in the house, waiting for Junior Kimbrough to play. It's something that could have conceivably happened at some point, but it's still a dream.
Sean made his first record with more mission than vision, by that we mean that this record is a comfort to those of us who think about records almost as friends we like to catch up with. Call It In will tell you the lowdown and take you to some unexpected places.
Call It In will be available on LP, CD and download on January 12th, 2018 via Super Secret Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.
Artist: Sean Morales
Album: Call It In
Label: Super Secret Records
Release Date: January 12, 2018
01. Video Life
02. Call It In
03. Bring Me Home
07. We've Been Apart
08. Party 1
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