After releasing an impressive three albums in three years, Newcastle’s sonic adventurist Lachlan X Morris is back with a new single and this time around it’s all about the pop.
If your familiar with Lachlan’s massive psych-tinged angular meanderings and subtle acoustic moments from 2017’s Ouija Board Heartbreak Tambourine, 2018’s Premeditations and this year’s brilliant Mood Bullet, you’d know that there has always been a solid foundation of vintage rock in the oeuvre.
On Lachlan’s new single Shadow Lover, though, that sound is well and truly at the fore.
“I suppose it’s my most direct attempt at writing a pop song – that was the intention going into it,” Lachlan told Newcastle Live.
“First and foremost it was about cutting all the fat and making a straight-ahead pop song with a mid-’70s sound.”
The song bristles with glorious synth lines, shimmering guitars and one of the catchiest choruses this writer has heard for quite some time.
Think the likes of ELO, Wings or even Sydney based vintage rockers I Know Leopard as reference.
Check out SHADOW LOVER below
As with all of his recordings, Lachlan again teamed up with producer/drummer Fraser Marshall to bring Shadow Lover to life.
Me and Fraser record everything together,” Lachlan said.
“Having two of us there is super easy for a quick turnaround. I know my way around a bass and we can butcher our way on an organ. We can kind of piece it together just the two of us.”
Of Shadow Lover, Fraser added: “He just started that riff one day randomly and we played it for about a minute and then a few weeks later we went back to it and we wrote it in about a day.”
Lachlan is preparing to launch the single with a run of local shows, kicking off on Friday at the Stag and Hunter.
“For me, playing live is all about the energy we create when we al lock in on a song togethr.,’ he said.
“We love to do a lot of unison stuff – I think it’s really effective when there are different instruments that you’re not used to hearing doing it together. We might have like really fast-paced sections where everyone’s locking in on the same part.
“It might be in a bit of a tricky time signature but once you get your head around it it’s kind of hypnotic and really fun.”
Catch Lachlan X Morris at The Stag and Hunter on Friday 11 October (with Run Squirrel and The Med Heads), Mayfield Bowling Club on Saturday 19 October (with East Coast Low, The Chickenstones and Space Boozzies), and The Grand Junction on Saturday 25 October (with the Med Heads)