It seems only a hot minute since we released the first single from Look Up but here we go – time for another! The next single from Mark Morriss’ fourth solo album will be The Beans, set for digital release on 23 August 2019.
The track – which Mark says melodically as if XTC and Elvis Costello were practicing in adjoining rooms with paper thin walls – is heartbreaker wrapped as a catchy bop. A masterclass of a pop song, it does what the best of this genre achieve: juxtaposing melancholy tales with upbeat melody. The hook will get you first but you’ll sink into the lyrics dealing with an unhealthy relationship with a surface of sharp snark giving way to a depth of devastation.
Featuring the track Traveller’s Tunes said is was an instant classic, “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 it’s only the XTC via west coast ’70s solo that brings home that this is a personal experience.”
Listen to The Beans and pre-save on digital platforms
You can listen to The Beans on Soundcloud now and we’d encourage you to hit one of the links here to pre-save / add to Spotify, iTunes or Apple Music.
Get your copy of Look Up by Mark Morriss
Look Up – Morriss’ fourth solo album – is out on 20 September and vinyl pre-order is open now. The limited edition bundles and the splatter edition vinyl have all sold out but the equally gorgeous blue vinyl is available here.
CD editions will be available from release, and the album will be on all the usual streaming and download platforms.
Get your hands on a signed test pressing
The Bluetones Funclub has a signed Look Up test pressing which they will be auctioning off to raise funds for the National Autistic Society. Keep an eye on their Twitter and Facebook for more details – there are only five test pressings in existence so this is a really special item to have in your collection.
In-stores and live dates
We’re really excited to be doing the first of our in-stores with Mark Morriss next week – we’ll be at Vanishing Point Records in Chesterfield on Saturday 24 August from 1-3pm in a free event where there will be an acoustic performance from Mark and he’ll be in conversation with Reckless Yes co-founder and music journalist Sarah Lay. We’ll also have copies of the record available on blue vinyl, which Mark will be signing, so if you can get along – do! Details here.
We’ll be announcing more in-stores soon but you can find all of Mark’s live dates on his website here.