The title track was written for a short-lived project called The Swedish Twins in unison with Matt Berry, although this is its first appearance in recorded form. It’s a sweeping, soaring thing with a tinge of flamenco threaded through the intricate arrangement. The lyrics are in reference to, as Morris puts it, “that moment when you’ve just turned out the light and everything remains semi-lit for a split second. It’s a revelation of a bad thing rather than a good thing.” There’s little that’s downbeat or oppressive about it; it’s a life-affirming handshake of intent that sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Space Cadet continues the highs; it has a woozy, past-midnight feel to it and Morriss lends a darker feel to his singing than his earlier material.
The lead single from the album is This Is the Lie. It’s a quieter, more reflective song than the rest of the set with acoustic guitar and wood-block flourishes framing a song about self-delusion. In isolation, it’s a cracker of a tune, but I’m not sure if it reflects the sheer joy of the rest of A Flash Of Darkness and may be off-putting to casual fans.
Consuela, on the other hand, is vintage Morriss. Heart-lifting melody, sweeping instrumentation that quickly takes flight and a lyric that references TV’s Jim Bergerac, it’s a thing of great beauty. You would have to be a hard-hearted cynic to dislike something this gorgeous. Personally, that would have been my lead single, but what do I know…
26.03.14 Hamburg, Haus 73
27.03.14 Berlin, Privatclub
28.03.14 Düsseldorf, Pitcher
30.03.14 Frankfurt, Brotfabrik