Morosity – Misanthrope
It has a flow to it, songs bleed into the other, and it feels like a concept album, a storytelling album that guides you through a journey.
If the name doesn’t give the listener enough indication on the type of music they will be listening to, let me offer a few other words to help better describe the music of Morosity: deep, dark, sinister, and a bit depressing. Morosity’s album Misanthrope is unlike anything I have heard on any rock station before. The blending of acoustic instrumentals with the true rock vocals of Jesse Albrecht is truly unique to Morosity.
Depending upon who you are, it may be bothersome for some listeners to fully listen and experience Misanthrope due to most of the songs on the track list being over 4 minutes in length (the very last song on the album is a whopping 12 minutes and 52 seconds long). That being said, the songs on the album do not seem to drag on or even feel like they are lasting any longer than a 3 minute song which says a lot about the lyrical and musical talents of Morosity. However, there is always an exception to the rule. The song “Day of Reckoning” has a musical outro that just takes too long for my taste. That being said I am (generally) not too keen for musical interludes, intros and outros (like many others in the human population, I am extremely impatient). I must honestly say though that “Day of Reckoning” is one of my favorite tracks from the album, it is just that outro seemed like a bit of an overkill to me.
When I first began listening to Misanthrope by Morosity, I didn’t begin with the first track on the album (“Adam”) and I regretted that decision after listening through a few other songs with my playlist on random. When I came back to the album a few days later I started from track one and that made all the difference. Misanthrope has a flow to it, songs bleed into the other, and it feels like a concept album, a storytelling album that guides you through a journey. Listening to the songs out of order is possible and the songs can stand on their own for sure, but for the first listen to it is best to experience the songs in the order of the track list to gain a better understanding of album. I find it hard to pick out specific songs to talk about for this album because I feel like the whole album is one hour long song which is a throwback idea that I am completely okay with.
Morosity consists of vocalist Jesse Albrecht, guitarist/violinist Jason Wolfe, bassist Shawn Bachinski, drummer Nick Johnson, and guitarist David Rowan. The band reins from Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota and you can download their album Misanthrope from iTunes or buy the album off Amazon.