Boomkat Product Review:
Over the years Morr Music has proved itself as something of a compilation specialist, pumping out scene defining collections right up to the recent Music For Hairy Scary Monsters album. A Number Of Small Things is a departure from the usual format however, instead drawing on the excellent Morr Music 7" singles catalogue, with all A-sides and B-sides represented in full alongside some unreleased gems. Long term Morr fans will lap up the CD debut of classic 45s from Lali Puna, Other People's Children and Teamforest, while the label's present roster is well represented with a first disc compiling recent 7"s (three of which haven't even made it over to the shops yet). In addition to current favourites from Benni Hemm Hemm (ft. Jens Lekman), Electric President et al, you'll find new artists such as Butcher The Bar, a singer-songwriter whose music is devoid of the traditional Morr electronic touches, instead aiming for a sound that's more closely aligned to Elliott Smith's rough solo recordings. Delve deeper into the first disc and you'll notice a healthy showing of covers, ranging from Masha Qrella's stunning version of Bryan Ferry's 'Don't Stop The Dance' to Smog's 'Morning Paper' as taken on by John Yoko (aka Lali Puna's Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher). On an as yet unreleased 7", Icelandic ensemble Seabear offer up a radical re-reading of 'Teenage Kicks', resulting in something sounding closer to something by The Tindersticks than the Undertones original, while another batch of Morr newcomers, Seavault, dish out a rendition of Ultra Vivid Scene's 'The Mercy Seat', steeped in shoegaze-inspired laptop textures. The second disc is comprised of earlier material, harking back to the classic Morr line-ups of old, with classics like B. Fleischmann's 'Nico' and Styrofoam's 'To Simply Lie Here And Breathe' sounding as fresh as ever. Label mainstays Isan provide a clear standout with their reinterpretations of Erik Satie's Trois Gymnopedies, wrapping the nineteenth century classics in a cosy analogue duvet (with a seriously high tog rating), but in truth there's not much here that doesn't match that sort of quality and warm-hearted atmosphere. Rumour has it there's an extremely limited edition vinyl boxset edition of the Morr 7" catalogue headed exclusively to Boomkat, but this CD version provides a handy, one-stop digital focal point for one of our favourite labels' complete singles output. Pretty darn indispensable - and an absolute bargain.