The second single from Mark Morriss’ forthcoming album Look Up to get a release is The Beans and you can get it on all the usual digital platforms now.
The track tells the tale of an unhealthy relationship but juxtaposes the biting lyrics and dark undertones with an upbeat melody evoking the idea of XTC and Elvis Costello playing in adjoining rooms. With support from Steve Lamacq (6Music), and internet stations including OFI Monday the single follows on from All The Wrong People as a taster of the album to come.
Stream The Beans on Spotify
Reviewing Traveller’s Tunes said, “You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a ‘Luxembourg’ era single. Infectious as ‘Never Going Nowhere’ and savvy like ‘Fast Boy’ and ‘I Love The City’ firm proof Morriss still has the magic. Morriss’ lyrics are so often overlooked but, no one deals with relationships better. This, a seriously troubled one (“who cares / if you throw me down stairs”) is negated with so much humour that, it’s only the XTC via west coast 70s solo that brings home that, this is a personal experience.”
While XS Noize said, “With a sound which melodically evokes the idea of XTC and Elvis Costello rehearsing in adjoining rooms ‘The Beans’ lyrically tackles an unhealthy relationship with Morriss’ trademark wit and intelligence in the turn of phrase.”
Order Look Up on vinyl
Released in two colour editions the splatter version (pink and white on translucent blue) has already sold out, as have both deluxe bundles of the album. Look Up is still available on translucent blue vinyl – and very pretty it is too – but is selling fast and is expected to go before the release day.
We won’t be repressing in these colours so if you do want a first pressing this is your chance. Very limited stock will be available directly from Mark at gigs so if you want a signed copy we recommend ordering now and taking along for that signature.
We start our run of in-store performances at Vanishing Point Records in Chesterfield from 1pm on Saturday 24 August 2019. Mark will join Reckless Yes co-founder and music journalist Sarah Lay at the store where he’ll be playing a few tracks acoustically plus chatting to her about the album. Limited copies of Look Up on blue vinyl will be available.
We’ll be announcing more in-store performances soon so keep an eye on social media.