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"Para Siempre" CD

Small Stone

Genres: indie rock, trip hop, experimental

Small Stone
PO Box 02007
Detroit, MI 48202

April 6 - 13 2002

You're cruisin' along at night, zooming into the darkness ahead. On either side of you, you can see the blur of the trees flying by. You can feel the cool summer-night breeze blow against your face. What's that music blasting out of your car stereo? Why, it's Morsel!

In case you aren't aware, Morsel is a wonderfully unique band that specializes in their own home brew of experimental pop. They have a magnificent sense of melody and beat, and this comes through expertly in their music. There are a lot of influences on "Para Siempre;" similarities to the Sneaker Pimps, Massive Attack, and Garbage are all apparent here.

For example, "Red Red Red" is a sonic, trip-hoppy piece that wouldn't feel at all out of place on a Sneaker Pimps record. In fact, Miriam Cabrera's vocals sounds so much like those of the Pimps' Kelli Dayton that I can barely tell the difference. The rest of the band contributes the song's wonderfully chaotic, crashing instrumentation. Meanwhile, "Meadow" is similar, except it has a stronger experimental quality to it. It is doomy and destructive, yet still manages to be extraordinarily catchy.

Altogether, this is a wonderful album. Morsel's music is very dark and driving, and should not be ignored by anybody. I want more!


Matt Shimmer