Ever awake to the light of a dawn impossible to reconcile with the ponderous memory of yesterday? These songs capture the fragile, yet optimistic hope that maybe life isn't as futile as it might seem. Strell's lyrical intensity provides a grounded counterpoint to the melodic blend of guitars, mandolin, and ukulele in an alternative acoustic rock album of catchy yet contemplative gems. Some tracks are lavish productions with multi-part harmonies and complex arrangements, while others strive for a stark minimalism that strips pop music to its bare bones, but all share an essential appeal that comes from a sincere effort to communicate something important.
From the Author:
"I found the name for this album in a line of a poem called 'Five Flights Up' by Elizabeth Bishop. For me, Enormous Morning expresses the puzzling epiphany that life can continue after great tragedy. It's a new day, and although the memory of the past is nearly overwhelming, there can be hope." -- Joe Strell
art of existence / hole in my shoe / ashley on her own / molly's song / end of the world / girl of the farallones / legacy / somewhere, i've tried / space and time / on the mark / twenty-three / when i fall / again
Joe Strell - vocals, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass, percussion, drums
Marie Jacobsen - harmonica on "end of the world", backing vocals on "twenty-three"
Jack Lenzo - art direction, design and photography