Artist: Henry Morgan's Solokarriär

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Henry Morgan's Solokarriär - MemoriesHenry Morgan's Solokarriär
Memories
self-released

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Henry Morgan's Solokarriär has been praised here at itsatrap.com before and that's no wonder: The project's namesake was not only a pirate and once the world's richest man but also a character in Klas Östergren's novel "Gentleman" where he played in a jazz band called Bear Quartet. So much for the intermusical connections...

HMS most recent EP seems to be combination of his own musical influences: Three songs of classic indiepop songwriting in somewhat 80-ish arrangements combined with a very "Swedish pop" sounding voice (especially on standout track "The waves"), and one acoustic folk song very much reminiscent of Bright Eyes. And while there's nothing wrong with showcasing one's musical influences, the EP would surely feel more compelling as a whole if it explored fewer musical directions. Unfortunately, we shouldn't get our hopes up for more consistent releases in the future: About a week ago Kristoffer, the man behind HMS, announced his project's breakup and that "he had to get away from music for a while." With this very promising EP in his back, that's truly a shame.
- Arnulf Köhncke

Henry Morgan's Solokarriär - UntitledHenry Morgan's Solokarriär
Untitled
self-released

Henry Morgan's Solokarriär is an untitled 4-track CDr, one of 20 sent to fanzines and alike. "One day, one day" is the opener, a two part: frenetic machined drums with largess lyrical delivery which brings the song to dreamy places. Unforced, Morgan is almost staccato in conveying the emotion in each song. There's that same nervous excitement about the songs heard throughout Vapnet's "Thoméegränd" track. Take a torrid hometown melancholy on "Face from my hometown", "It's not my heart that speaks, but the quivering of an old wound" he sings. "Keeping Me Warm" is the least accomplished of four otherwise decent tracks, including a cute cover of Bright Eyes' "An attempt to tip the scale". If you are one of the 19 others to get a copy of this disc - let's start an old fashioned fan club because, as it stands Henry Morgan's Solokarriär, is one of the best of 2006.
- Jason Christie