Begin Simple is released May 13th 2016
I wrote begin simple - although the title not penned back then - two years
ago. I believe begin simple is different than Surrender, my debut record, in
that it is more subtle, and presents a new type of energy. The songs were
first written on my acoustic or classical guitar, and then thinking out of the
box with Filippo we created a special vibe, using percussion and
abstract to create a new contrast in my folk soul roots. In my mind,
this does not distract, but embellishes the songs .
The songs were recorded in Vienna with Filippo at wild dog studios. This
had been time a will never forget. An incredible experience to live and
record and experience my friends lives and the culture of the city. I hope
when you listen to the songs, you get a sense of the magic i felt writing
and living them.
Morgan peddles this rather wistful and beautiful soulful folk (no, it really works)
...these thick piano chords watered down by Morgan’s rough edged but lovely
vocals and gently picked acoustic chords, teetering between melancholy and
dreamy. Backseat Mafia
Blending elements of contemporary folk, rhythmic blues and even a little jazz,
there’s a lot of soul in this track.
A Journal Of Music Things
...This sophisticated musical fare merges acoustic folk guitar and piano with
sleek, soulful singing and subtle electronic touches that add texture to his
sound. The Boston Survival Guide
All songs written and performed by Russell Morgan. Production and mixing,
by Filippo Gaetani, and Jordon Zadorozny for Being Simple reprise mix.
Mastering by Julian Lowe. Album art work by Darren Hopes
Special thanks to, Filippo Gaetani, Chris Church, .Jordon Zadorozny,
Peter Zadorozny, Russ Sargeant, Hans Jürgen Bart, and Paul New
for their incredible musicianship and contribution to the recordings.
Extra special thank for to Karin Haumer for her hospitality and putting up
with me for the duration of the recording