PREMIERE: Lachlan X. Morris – Turpentine
A taste of things to come, Laundry Echo is stoked to today premiere Turpentine the lead single from Newcastle troubadour Lachlan X. Morris’ sophomore album Premeditations.
It feels strange to use the word ‘maturation’ in regards to Lachlan X. Morris, an artist primarily known for creating Dad Rock. Morris’ debut album Ouija Board Heartbreak Tambourine dropped last year as a thirteen-piece epic that dripped in the effortless cool of Bruce Springsteen and leaned on the pop fundamental crutch of The Beatles. Hard songs of heartbreak and harmonica, OBHT, was an outstanding album that felt fully formed. Yet, here we are just over one year on faced with Turpentine, a progressive, boundary pusher that beckons a maturation of many of Morris’ fundamental sounds into unfamiliar territory.
Immediate reference points become evident of Radiohead and Jack White throughout Turpentine. Flush with daunting noise, clever guitar stabs and an almost ethereal vocal, Turpentine, is a turn away from Dad Rock for a faultless flight into Art Rock that lands every punch.
A song of the modern-day relationship, when asked of the meaning behind Turpentine, Morris states:
“Turpentine is about falling in love online, meeting people online and just the idea that you never really know who you are talking to... really thinking about the role that technology plays in relationships today.”
Turpentine is a twist on the sound I’d grown to expect from Lachlan X. Morris, but one that I am here for all the same. Bold, ridiculously catchy and an exciting tease for the aforementioned sophomore album Premeditations, Turpentine is brilliant.
If you would like to be a part of bringing Premeditations to vinyl, keep an eye out for a crowd funding campaign launching tomorrow.