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Sound description: Lush orchestral arrangements replete with strings, piano, and lots of harmonies.
Influences: Heavy Rotation: Badly Drawn Boy, The Beatles, Andrew Bird, Built to Spill, The Clientele, John Coltrane, Sam Cooke, Miles Davis, Doo Wop, Nick Drake, Duke Ellington, The Everly Brothers, Fleet Foxes, Phillip Glass, Julie London, Jay McShann, Motown, Nico, Radiohead, Otis Redding, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Simon & Garfunkel, Elliott Smith, The Smiths, Spoon, The Strokes, Yann Tiersen, The Walkmen, Rufus Wainwright, The Zombies.
|No album artwork||Bound By Nothing||1999|
|No album artwork||Punctured Bicycle||2001|
|Misadventures in Radiology||2003|
|As Long As We're Together||2008|
Misadventures in Radiology is Andrew's dreaming debut. At once an homage to the hypnotic continuity of late 1950's Cool Jazz and the kaleidoscopic invention of late 1960's British Pop, the album bears a sound that straddles decades, continents and genres. Core sessions were recorded in Los Angeles at Elliott Smith's New Monkey studio with a host of musicians including, most notably, former Built to Spill cellist John McMahon. In an effort to channel the spirit behind Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, hundreds of song takes were improvised, with the most inspired renditions being selected for development. Orchestral overdubs were then painstakingly added in Lawrence, Kansas over the course of several months at the University of Kansas' Murphy Hall and Campanile Tower. Recording halted when Morgan lost his hearing for six weeks after nearly being killed when a tornado struck the apartment of friend Cully West. Upon its eventual completion, Misadventures in Radiology quickly garnered comparisons to Brian Wilson's 1966 masterpiece, Pet Sounds, and was awarded inclusion in UNCUT magazine's Best New Albums of 2004 list.
Andrew's eponymous sophomore album picks up right where Misadventures in Radiology leaves off. The second installment in the Kansas City-born songwriter's 'Exile Trilogy,' Andrew Morgan evokes cornerstone chamber pop albums like The Zombies' Odessey & Oracle and Badly Drawn Boy's The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, yet bears a scope of arrangement and diversity of instrumentation all its own. A sense of wonder unifies the album's 17 tracks, which find a kindred spirit as much in mid-20th century Disney animated features as in the magical realism of Magritte, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and The Clientele. Brought to life by a cast of 34 from October 1999 - May 2008 in 11 cities across 7 states and 2 countries, Andrew Morgan is a collection that is at once familiar and thrillingly foreign -- a thread of pop classicism that, while schooled in tradition, celebrates imagination above all.