New Noise Magazine Review of Sean Morales’ ‘Call It In’

Out of Austin, Texas underground by way of Norfolk, Virginia, Sean Morales offers a refreshingly breezy mix of lo-fi rock on Call It In, his newest record.

Morales’ debut began its life as an inauspicious series of bedroom compositions, which only became fully fledged when he brought his wife on board, drummer Erica Barton. Once Morales hit Austin though, momentum took over and he ended up bringing a whole series of musicians to work on his collection of songs, giving the record its present form.

As fully-fledged as the sound on Call It In is, one can almost hear the raw matter, strummed to the night sky through an open window. What strikes me first as most unique here is how Morales utilizes the lo-fi aesthetic without delving into the noise realm, which has for a while felt like the trend. This isn’t a Ty Segall record. Rather it feels like an offshoot of Sonny And The Sunsets, airy and wide open in places. “Slummertime” is a quintessential back porch song, a blast of alt-rock bliss, all ruffled denim cut offs and cold cans of Lone Star Beer. I’m fond of the sparse, creeping guitars featured on “Bring Me Home” which plays well with Morales’ hushed, shamanic vocal style, as does “Been Apart” which is the singer/songwriter stripped almost to the bone. On “Problems” and “Whispertime” Morales tries his blues hat on, traveling the swamp-tromping road with broke down lyrics sung like Velvet-era Lou Reed on the latter track.

While Morales largely eschews noise rock on Call It In, that does not mean all of his songs are soft. “Call It In” is a loosely produced mess of guttural wails, instrumental noise and sludgy guitars. If you’re looking for a new direction song, as in where Morales could expand his sound, this is that track. It is rich in ideas and, at less than three minutes, he leaves the surface barely scratched. Most of the record strikes you like that though, like this is more sketchbook than etching.

For a record as diverse (and as short) as this, Morales does a nice job of keeping his persona out in front. This is his record and his voice the lead character. I would have liked a longer record, maybe more toward the optimism of “Slummertime” but that’s OK. At twenty-seven minutes, it’s a lot to enjoy with little to explore. Still, Call It In begs for the back porch and should be a breath of fresh air to anyone amid winter rest in need of that particular change of scenery.

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Album Premiere: Sean Morales Streams Album ‘Call It In’

Singer/songwriters Sean Morales also plays in the group James Arthur’s Manhunt, but today he premieres his new solo debut, Call It In (Super Secret Records). The album itself is a pepped up session of music that doesn’t stay in one place as Morales opts to move from indie rock to punk, blues, power pop, and even touches on Krautrock. The man from Austin, TX, by way of Norfolk, VA, has coraled an assortment of characters to help assemble this album which included Young Mothers, OBN IIIs, Golden Boys and more. Morales doesn’t choose to stand still or stagnate in simply one genre, which gives Call It In an added charm. While others have attempted it only to suffer from a critic(al) identity crisis, here, it’s just charming.


Call It In will be available on LP, CD and download, dropping tomorrow, January 12th, 2018 on Super Secret Records and we’d all be fools if we didn’t pay attention to this album. 

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Sean Morales’ “We’ve Been Apart” Premieres on Austin Town Hall


Sean Morales has been working in the Austin music scene for some time, most notably as a member of James Arthur’s Manhunt. We now find Sean stepping out to craft his own debut, which is a stark contrast to JAM. Guitar notes are picked carefully at the start, so close to the mic that you can hear the strings if you put your ear to the speaker. Morales’ voice comes across like a whisper, barely willing to step over the guitar sound; he’s joined by an accompaniment at one point during the chorus. Then the song fades out with added textural layers and improvisation, rounding out the perfect vision that Sean’s created with this tune. You can expect the rest of his debut Call It In to follow suit; it’s being released by Super Secret Records this Friday.

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Premiere: Sean Morales shares some distorted psych-pop on “Call It In”

By: Jeff Terich
On Friday, January 12, Austin singer/songwriter Sean Morales will release his debut, Call It In, via Super Secret Records. The album features appearances by members of Young Mothers, OBN IIIs, Knife in the Water and was recorded by Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Loretta Lynn, Cat Power). Today, Treble is premiering the title track from the album, “Call It In,” which is a bit darker and noisier than the upbeat, jangly “Video Life,” which they previously shared. It’s a buzzing, acid-fried track that recalls the likes of Deerhunter, The Flaming Lips and Liars, with some lo-fi garage aesthetics as well. It’s a trip through one super-weird rabbit hole for sure.

Sean Morales Call It In tracklist:

1. Video Life
2. Call It In
3. Bring Me Home
4. Whispertime
5. Problems
6. Slummertime
7. We’ve Been Apart
8. Party 1

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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