Morlove

Morlove

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Best heard through your oldest set of speakers, West Coast orchestral folk band Morlove is crafting a refreshingly new sound. Songwriters Miss Emily Brown and Corwin Fox blend with string players Hannah Epperson and Christina Zaenker to create a dynamic musical landscape, thoughtful and slipstream.

Biography

Morlove began as the creative collaboration of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Miss Emily Brown and Corwin Fox. Blending vintage keys, acoustic instruments and hushed vocal harmonies, this experimental folk band was born around the campfire of the 2007 Artswells Festival in Wells BC. Since it’s founding, Morlove has evolved into a five-piece ensemble with Hannah Epperson (violin), Christina Zaenker (cello) and Jake Jenne (drums) adding depth to intricate song skeletons.

With the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, Morlove is currently preparing to release their second full-length album, Old Tomorrow. Written during an artistic residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the album is based on a theme of Pattern and showcases Fox and Brown’s playful approach to co-writing. String parts based on ballroom dance steps, chord changes based on weaving patterns and lyrics exploring patterns in urban design, genetic inheritance and traditional folk legends assemble into a mosaic of memorable tunes.

The album comes as a follow-up to Morlove’s debut album All of My Lakes Lay Frozen Over, put forward for the 2010 Polaris Prize. A collection of evocative folk-songs, All of My Lakes ranges from hushed vocal harmonies and delicate strings to explosions of horns, pulsing pianos and choirs of banjos in unorthodox time signatures. Recorded in snowy Wells BC, the album features several relics of the 1930’s gold-rush town: sousaphone, player piano, pump organ and even a typewriter.

Morlove is committed to artistic authenticity, community building through the arts and music as a form of oral history. The ensemble delights in collaborating with other artistic mediums and creating educational workshops for all ages. Built-in to this group are the exceptionally talented solo acts of Corwin Fox, Miss Emily Brown and Hannah Epperson and Crossbow, a duo between Christina Zaenker (cello) and frequent Morlove guest musician Neil Burnett (Celtic harp).

Performance highlights include Vancouver Island Music Festival (2011), Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival (2010), Kispiox Valley Music Festival (2010), South Country Fair (2010) and ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art (2008-2011).

Lyrics

Architect

Written By: Emily Millard, Corwin Fox

Could it be there is an architect
who weaves the skin with a living weft
Could it be there is an architect
who builds a vessel to contain itself

Could it be there is an architect
shaping children into living steps
Late night fever in a spinning head
every border under constant threat

Could it be there is an intellect
calculating how we interact
Trading bits of the ancestral map
generations in family pack

Could it be there is an architect
spinning substance out of nothingness
Could it be there is an intellect
weaving beauty in the wilderness

Skeleton

Written By: Emily Millard, Corwin Fox

Like a ghost, you’re seeing into me
More than I ever let anyone see.
Like a stone at the bottom of a lake
I never thought anyone would find me.

Solitary days, imagining a dream,
I cast my line and then I pulled you up.
A beauty lost, entangled in the weeds.
I look at you and all I see is me.

Every time I struggle with the clash between devotion and autonomy,
What if this love will only wear me down and make a skeleton of me again?
Despite it all, there is a greater pull to take the risk than to go on alone.
So let’s meet high like eagles in the air, and fall together in a tangled pair.

Even if it takes all night to do,
I’ll stay up talking it over with you.
Take your heart and tap it like a drum
Or like a tree that cries for spring to come.

Meet the Day

Written By: Emily Millard, Corwin Fox

I need someone
who’ll hold me to the things I say.
I get away with so much.

I need a town
where people aren’t afraid,
where many hands make light the weight
of modern day,
of growing up and growing old.
We hide away with so much.

I need a hill
where I can sit and watch the sky
and hide away from so much.

I need a god
who lives in every single thing,
who lives in me but is not me.
All I can do
is fill the night with quiet song
and meet the day with so much.

Views From Potsdam

Written By: Emily Millard

Afraid if I fall asleep in the middle of this party
I might ?nd myself in danger
If I open my mouth in the middle of this party
I might ?nd myself a stranger

In the city I was born in I know all the pretty places
I return to see the town hall where it always stood
In the city I was born I know all the local faces
but I return to learn that my home is no longer here

I thought I would fall in love along the River Havel
99 balloons behind my eyes
I thought I would walk my dog along the River Havel
through the park of no concern under summer skies

When we lived in Montreal we had the time of our lives
I immigrated there when my friends from Brussels did
In the city I was born in I know all the local faces
yet I return to learn that my home is no longer here

All of My Lakes Lay Frozen Over

Written By: Corwin Fox

All of my lakes lay frozen over
All of my nightmares capsized
Sitting here watching you in silence

The crackle of the violin
Playing for the ?rst time
Staring at the ?replace singing:

All of my lakes lay frozen over
All of my nightmares capsized
Sitting here watching you in silence

Imagine at the heart of things
All the sound you never said
Waiting to be born again singing:

All of my lakes lay frozen over
All of my nightmares capsized
Sitting here watching you in silence

Discography

Warp & Weft EP (August 2011)
All of My Lakes Lay Frozen Over (April 2010)
Morlove EP (August 2008)

Set List

Morlove has enough material to do two full 45 minute sets, but we prefer to put on one intensive 75 minute set. Songs are 100 % original. We love performing for audiences of all ages, and especially for children and elders.