james of mosaics – “Down in the Glade”


“Down in the Glade” is a recent track from james of mosaics, the musical alias of James Morse, a Kennesaw-raised, Atlanta, Georgia native. The track starts frail and haunting, a creaking piano presence and background lingering brass accompanying a yearning vocal presence. Aesthetically, there’s a likeness to Grizzly Bear and James Blake.

The track expands considerably around 01:55, when the vocals assume a more rousing, anthemic form alongside gliding piano arpeggios and more bustling rhythms. It’s a worthwhile payoff and indicative of Morse’s ability as a songwriter. Morse’s art expands to the visual spectrum as well, his work employing “impressionistic and collage techniques.”

Previous releases featured mosaic that “orchestrates a movement of an individual person through different spaces or rooms.” Diverse intrumental arrangements, intricate ambient textures, and consuming literary narratives are among the tools in Morse’s shed, showing on this track, whihc grows from haunting simplicity to anthemic fire.

“Down in the Glade” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2019’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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