Daniel Morrow is a British, New York-based musician whose modest persona belies the emotional stronghold of his songwriting. Shades of transition, movement, melancholia and hesitancy are embellished by the haunting and lilting melodies and harmonies of these beautifully simple songs.
A new 4-track EP is currently being distributed; a teaser from an upcoming full-length due later this year. The songs are “Almost”, “Goodnight”, “Ready or Not” and “Is It Long.” Performing as vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, the tracks are the culmination of a 12-year career that began with a secret love of music. Daniel was born into a large family in North London, and found solace by teaching himself the piano and the guitar, writing music he never intended anyone to hear– unsurprisingly, songs about shyness, superficiality and identity.
Daniel began to play solo at clubs in London (Borderline, The Bedford Arms, Dublin Castle, The Garage, Spitz, and Water Rats) and soon brought in other band members, including his longtime friend and collaborator, musician/producer Carl Rohumaa. 2003 brought an unexpected visit to New York: His then-band, “Co-star,” had been included on an industry CD compilation of best new indie music. Impressed, RCA sent him an email, asking to meet.
The friendships and experiences Daniel cultivated during his stay confirmed that he was on the right path. His commitment to no-frills authenticity and sincerity immediately found a State-side audience. Mercury Record’s A & R director, David Gray, told him he found his lyrics “particularly personal and intriguing, a rarity these days.” Eric Beall, VP of A&R at Sony, was very excited by the strength of the material, noting that “the songwriting always keeps me interested.”
While the optimism gained during visits to New York is ever present in the work of his band “The Morrow”, Daniel’s solo tracks reflect a time of exile and sadness. In “Almost” and “Is it long” he undertakes an honest examination of his own long distance relationship, while on “Goodnight,” we hear the loss and resentment for opportunities from which he might have been denied: “You shut me out at my most inflamed,” and then the resolve, “Shake it off, dust me down, crawl away, don’t turn around.” But Morrow remains optimistic. Now a permanent resident of the U.S.A., Daniel has the luxury of recording and playing live with talented musicians from both cities. His music has a new certainty, momentum and confidence: a record of yesterday, today and the future.