Sean Morales Premieres “Video Life” At Big Takeover Magazine

Song Premiere: “Video Life” by Sean Morales


28 December 2017

Sean Morales; Photo Credit: Super Secret Records

Austin musician Sean Morales’ debut solo album, Call It In, is 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. And, “Video Life” the song The Big Takeover shares with you today, is an outstanding piece of that puzzle. “Video Life” is a 1979 single by songwriter/producer Chris Spedding, reworked by Morales and guests to stunning effect. Morales also currently plays in James Arthur’s Manhunt.

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, after moving back to Austin.

Morales then reached out to Jonathan Horne, a brilliant jazz-bent guitarist known for his work with Young MothersIchi Ni San Shi, and Knest, and other heavy friends from the Austin rock’n‘roll underground like Orville Neely from OBN IIIsBrian Schmitz from the Golden Boys, and James Arthur from the band Morales 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 StripesCat 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 ChiltonWreckless 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.

Morales made his first record with more mission than vision, in 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 Inwill 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.

Sean Morales at Super Secret Records

Big Takeover Magazine Premiere New Little Mazarn Track

Song Premiere: “White Fang” by Little Mazarn

Little Mazarn

27 November 2017

Little Mazarn; Photo Credit: Stephen Pruitt

Little Mazarn, the stage name for Lindsey Verrill, gets her name from what she calls “an unromantic river” in Arkansas. Playing banjo on three original songs, a traditional murder ballad (“Rain And Snow”), and an English sea song, Little Mazarn, in her lilting warble, sings “about precious things, boring things, nature and the garbage that is humanity” (her words) on her upcoming self-titled album. A dreamy pop that would have fit in nicely with the slowcore of the late ’90s and early ’00s, the LP also has unmistakable connections to older forms and genres like country, gospel, and Appalachian folk.

Verrill is joined on the album by live accompanist Jeff Johnston on saw, vocals, and harmonium, as well as several guests contributing strings and vocals throughout. The LP was recorded and mixed by David Boyle at ChurchHouse Studios in east Austin.

Little Mazarn will be available on LP and download on December 15th via Self Sabotage Records, a division of Super Secret Records. Pre-orders are available HERE

Verrill releases a single from the album, the hauntingly and bare “White Fang” that hangs on her dulcet, drawn out vocals.

11/29 Austin, TX at ATX6 Finale at The Stateside
12/15 Austin, TX at Central Presbyterian Church – Album release show

Self Sabotage Records