Finds the Present Tense finds Mr. Morlix in a dour and introspective mood. It is a song cycle that presents the artist looking at the world around him, looking into himself, and not exactly liking what he finds in either place. Morlix’s years as a sideman with Lucinda Williams taught him to write good songs, and this album proves this repeatedly.
Reminiscent of a more somber JJ Cale, Morlix sings in a low key voice and at a slow pace on the lead-off track, â€œMy Life’s Been Taken.â€ Later, things pick up the pace a bit with “Bang Bang Bang” and “Gasoline,â€ but not by much.
Overall, this is an album that is best listened to on a rainy day when you just want to curl up with a good book. Hopefully, on his next record, Gurf Morlix will find happier things to sing about.
Finds the Present Tense is out now on Rootball.