It’s hard to believe Marc Morrissette has been releasing “solo” material for almost seven years. Even more shocking is the constant but completely natural evolution of sound. What started as one line drawings in the journal of an isolated traveler have grown into confident, full band affairs.
All things considered, I shouldn’t be surprised that Marc and his band have morphed their sound again. Sweaters, a new four song teaser EP before the next full length, starts with a ramshackle quick hitter (“Not that Kind”) and despite the playful feel and classic play on words, the band adds a punchy guitar to balance the honest emotion. “Soft and Lonely French Girl” moves with a cool confidence, using the bouncy piano lines to hook you in and infectious horn work to bring a smile to your face. “Old Wool Sweater” starts off with a casually picked guitar line, but there’s a silky smoothness I’ve never heard from Marc before that really shapes the song.
All that being said, my favorite track is actually the most straight forward. Marc hits a solid riff on “The Years” and the band rides it home. It may not define a the huge shift in sound we’ve come to expect from Marc and his friends, but sometimes, a simple, catchy, surging anthem is all anyone wants.
MP3:: Octoberman - The Years