Press Release 2002:
Gordon Merrick has been quietly releasing acoustic albums (The Strumpet
(1999) from Archenemy Records, I am Your Enemy (2000) from
Trifecta Press, and Intake/Outtake (2001) from Trifecta Press)
and playing a handful of shows in Buffalo and Boston (his current and
previous homes, respectively) over the last three years but with his
latest album, In a Lovers Voice (Trifecta Press/Archenemy
Records, release date: September, 2002) he has moved outward and upward
with lush instrumentation and a full-band to accompany his off-kilter
and kinetic renditions of what he calls the new standards.
These are not, Merrick insists, to be confused with cover songs.
The difference lies not simply in the execution (trying to replicate
the song vs. trying to extend it into something more than
the original), but in a focused attempt to understand what it is that
makes these songs guilty pleasures that remain firmly fixed
in your head long after theyve dropped off the charts. Utilizing
such full-spectrum instruments as the Farfisa and Hammond B3 organs
(among others) alongside sweepy synths, acoustic bass and tight marching
drums, In a Lovers Voice charts Merricks musical
tanglings with the likes of Peter Cetera and REO Speedwagon in an effort
simply to lay bare what makes these good songs, whatever the
cost may be.
high-res photo here.
one-sheet in pdf