Blue Hole Recordings is proud to present its third release and Evan Morgan’s debut full-length record, Between the World and Small Things. The songs are relatively self-contained—only one is longer than six minutes. But their influences are wide-ranging, from pre-war gospel to experimental cinema. “Walden (I Thought Of Home)” derives not from Thoreau’s famous book, but an intertitle in Lithuanian filmmaker Jonas Mekas’ diary film of the same name; “Mosaic Made of Time,” from a guitar tuning Morgan learned from Sarah Louise. The care he invests in his songwriting is readily apparent: his playing is light, like Spanish guitarist Conrado Isasa, and his compositions are earthy in a way that evokes Joseph Allred, who Morgan played with on a midsummer tour.
But his songwriting isn’t imitative; it’s immersive. Listening to “15-501 Frozen Over,” you can sense the cold, feel the car sputter and seize; with “En La Feria Del Libro,” the joy of poking around a Spanish book fair. Morgan is equally comfortable drawing from smaller reference points, as in “Cockroach Balcony Blues,” which see-saws between complex suspensions, tritones and modal barre chords. “Dave Is Very Far Away,” written for a friend studying in Australia, is particularly stunning, unfolding like a flower in bloom. In a way, the first and last songs suggest a life—“awakening” in the first, “everlasting” at the last—moving its observations Between the World and Small Things. The record earns its name.
- Eli Winter
released November 1, 2018
all songs performed by Evan Morgan on 6 string and lap guitar, and all were written by Morgan except "Redwood Ramble" (R. Basho) and "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" (traditional)
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A great poem inspired this fugue of Americana. It taps in to what Wendell Berry called the “settlers” of America; those that came to stay, and love, and suffer with this new land, rather than simply conquer and use it. This moves me, and I’m happy to have it as a constant reminder to “live gently in the land.” Ross Arlen Tieken