Morley

 

Morley

Oulu, the veritable pearl of the Gulf of Bothnia, is mostly known in music circles for its almost endless supply of brutal noise bands, each more hellish than the last. But, despite the common prejudice, the scene in that town is not as black as Newgate's knocker. A fine example of a very different Oulu sound is Morley. This pop/rock/soul/feelgood orchestra was founded in 2002, and since then it has issued two full-length albums, the following third one being due early next year.

Morley clicks like magic in so many respects that one can easily lose count. They've got hordes of great pop compositions, the sound of the horn-section-enhanched orchestra is wonderfully big and fluffy, and the band's frontman Pentti Amore possesses, besides his imposing voice, also loads of rugged charisma. The band's originality and uniqueness is well proved by the fact that it is rather hard to find any name as a fitting point of comparison, at least within the borders of this land of black-clad death grunt lovers. In a more just world, it would be Morley and not the nameless media favourites that get whisked abroad as the highest export hopes of Finnish pop music.

Morley is a feelgood band that fits the sunny Ilosaarirock Festival afternoon like your favourite pair of worn jeans. And sunny it will be, since Morley's attitude can chase away even the most merciless of July hailstorms.


www.morley.fi
myspace.com/morleyband


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