Welsh psych pop trio HMS Morris release their debut album ‘Interior Design’ this week, we are chuffed to be housing its first airing, listen above. HMS Morris are vocalist Heledd Watkins, plus brothers Sam (keys, backing vocals and bass) and Wil Roberts (drums).
Crafted over the past three years of touring and writing and with the benefit of being one the Horizons bands, ‘Interior Design’ is a brilliantly varied LP, that delights and surprises from track to track. With its wonderful swirling bricolage of melodies, fuzzy guitars, woozy synths: all shot through with a vivid off kilter imagination and knowing wit. Addictive lead single ‘Interior Design’ has sharp guitars juxtaposed with Heledd’s avant-garde playfulness as our heroine bemoans household DIY in place of romantic escape. Newer cuts like ‘Gold(I Want It)’ and ‘I Grind My Teeth’ are both delicious, enticing and laced with insidious melodies, dabbing keys and a dream like quality.
Elsewhere majestic opener ‘Shipping Forecast’ analogue synth-sweeps, coos and delights as it sends you off to sleep clutching your radio under the covers, while From the Neck Down is threaded with throbbing bass and sensuous harmonies that ripple with internal monologue.
Sitting somewhere between the work of Sterolab, Stealing Sheep and Elastica. But wrapped in an unique imagination, a crafted sound and a coherent production polish that allows you to enter its slightly twisted world of yearning and dreams, Interior Design is wonderful and paint the good ship HMS as a coming force in great Welsh pop.
Over the last 18 months the trio have played BBC Introducing Stage Glastonbury, Festival Number 6, Truck Festival, Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape, Wales’ largest music festival Maes B and Green Man.
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