Sound & Vision with Odd Morris

Blending the confessional with the abstract, Dublin based, Odd Morris, are a band that with each and every listen strengthen their position in your heart. Atmospheric while still incredibly present, the band blend a sound that could cater for the experimental fans of Young Jesus as much as they would the cult followers of The Twilight Sad.

Ahead of their upcoming EP, Cityscape the Ballet, which arrives on the 27th October, we caught up with the band, as they shared with us their creative heroes.

Three favourite albums:

Buena Vista Social Club

It was a toss up between this and Night Lights by Gerry Mulligan. I’d say I listen to both of these albums at least once a week – start to finish. Two of the most complete, vibrant and electrifying albums I’ve ever heard. I know I’ve technically picked two albums here, but let’s let that one slide. (Kris)

Loveless – My Bloody Valentine 

My favourite guitar album of all time, hearing it for the first time completely redefined what’s possible with the instrument for me. Absolutely drowned in reverbs, reversed sounds, and quiet heavily multi-tracked vocals, it somehow manages to be abstract, detailed, atmospheric and raw all at the same time. Closing track, Soon, would be my highlight! (Mac)

Humbug – Arctic Monkeys 

This album came out when I was 13, an age that music will set you up and carve you out for life. This album felt like their teenage stage in their musical career. Its moody, cheeky and has personality. It has a dark theme right the way true thanks to the rolling toms and long held minor notes. (Sam)

Our favourite film: La Haine -Mathieu Kassovitz. 

I’m an all-out Francophile. It’s a perfect film for me when I’m in the mood for it. The way it captures the boredom of a day with absolutely fuck-all to do is so relatable, reflecting on long Summer days as a teenager which sometimes ended up causing mischief with your group of mates. It teeters beautifully on suspense and the burgeoning threat of violence. Vincent Cassel on screen is a winner, no need to delve further. The dialogue is brilliant. The cinematography is class, specifically that shot when they go to Paris and overlook the Eiffel Tower. And this conceptual/surreal element that underpins it all makes it rise above everything else. 10/10. (Daragh)

Our favourite book: Ways of Seeing by John Berger

It’s a fascinating book where he makes the argument that we are reading the language of images. He does this through observing paintings and art criticism, but it can make you evaluate how you perceive images today. We live in a visually saturated world being bombarded by imagery on billboards, buses, phones, and laptops. I think the endless scroll of Instagram definitely changed how we perceive images of people. The rise of micro-celebrities, monetisation of social media and people’s favour toward visual communication is all having an impact on how we break down images. (Daragh)

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