Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
It doesn’t have to be midnight when you approach the Lost & Found, anytime will do when the beat is strong and the lyrics honestly set, there may the sounds of the orphaned acoustic, the cry of the left behind drum snare but when they find each other, when they realise the company they have is better than anything they have ever known, then something magical happens in the stray but ultimately satisfying corridors; the Lost & Found originate and establish beauty.
Elliott Morris’ debut album is not only vibrant, it is whole point of continuing to play when all around you seems to drop out of the memory of playing for the satisfaction and the discovery. It is in that discovery that Lost & Found stems, like a flowering bud in a field of over grown and light saturating trees, the sound of the Progressive and new will always catch the senses rather than a tree that doesn’t bend in the wind and is impossible to scale.
It is the blending of Progressive, the melting pot of country, British Folk, the persuasive Blues Rock and the swooping sounds of an all star cast to ease the flourishing beginnings of a phase of music that really does catch the ear and allows it to spring forth in anticipation of all to come.
The Lost & Found, it is a greeting card to the heartfelt lyric, the posted reminder that not all is misplaced in the back of the big glossy magazine, that the missing are only to be found in the arenas and the gossip columns, instead the creative is often allowed to wander through the forest and see the beauty in the solitary flower pushing against the might of all that surround it, that want to see it stay in the confines of their making.
Kudos indeed to Elliott Morris, the flowering debut is there to be seen as intriguing, powerful and abundant in its stature. In songs such as The End Of The World Blues, Looking For Something That Isn’t There, Friday Night and Sixteen Miles Long, Elliott Morris and the superb musicians around him have found a way to put up wanted posters all over town proclaiming how much he is needed, that the flower in all its radiance can upstage an old and established forest.
A wonderfully adept debut, keen and creative, stirring and wholeheartedly sharp, Lost & Found has a place in anyone’s heart.
Ian D. Hall