Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Austin Music Weekly recently captured a mind-blowing performance by SORNE at The Ghost Room, and has the video and audio to prove it. You can see and hear it all right here.

The band is led by the Austin-based artist Morgan Sorne, who has an affinity for music, poetry, visual art, and performance. Earlier this year he released an album titled "House of Stone," a collection of songs written and composed over the course of four years. The writing centers on a story of five siblings who are struggling to defend their heritage in the wake of their father's untimely death. Instruments used in the making of the record include a kazoo, an old guitar, stretched canvas for drums and beats, dog ear flaps, a hand-made bellstick, an old tamborine, a trash can, a lap harp, a hand drum, and an old log made hollow by insects.

You can download the full "House of Stone" album for free, and find out more about this fascinating project at
"More than four years in the making, House of Stone is a conceptual, wide-screen epic about five siblings under siege in the wake of their father's death. Layering handmade percussion instruments and countless vocal takes in a manner that recalls Bjork's MedĂșlla or the tribal folklore of Akron/Family, the one-man drama is the first of five Sorne has planned, each telling a different side of the story. All serve as the soundtrack to his artwork, a collection of haunting, life-size wood cutouts that depict the various characters in highly stylized, indigenous garb." - Off The Record


Anonymous said...

This record is pretty gay. It just sounds like an iffeminate guy trying to be "nonconformist" in 2011, aka, dated and kind of pathetic.

There's nothing unique about it, no hook, no catch to draw you in. It's just boring.

Anonymous said...

"This record is pretty gay"

Have you ever thought about getting a job in journalism? You have a very thoughtful way of writing, and your ability to make vague and generalized statements about today's counterculture is truly riveting.

Anonymous said...

Precisely. ^

Go back into the hole you decided to lamely crawl out of and keep your disengaging commentary to yourself.

Anonymous said...

"This record is pretty gay."

Before I get started: I just returned home from a Sorne show in Austin. Really amazing stuff; wild energy, incredible music, a very unique experience and some very unique music.

Alright, here we go.

Yes, in fact, there are homosexual references and motifs throughout this record. If you don't have the maturity to judge something based solely on its artistic merit, rather than how different it is from your own way of life--please, don't post about it.

If you could talk intelligently about homosexuality in the full context of the record and why it doesn't work for you, then your opinion might be taken seriously. However, once you recognize homosexuality in anything, you focus entirely on it and your fear of what is different from you, "aka, dated and kind of pathetic." Get out of the 21st century, or at least go to Utah.

Also, must popular music be "hook" based? Are you really judging something based on its lack of immediate accessibility? Regardless of the fact that Sorne's music contains many "hooks", regardless of the fact that I still have the chorus of one of the songs I heard tonight stuck in my head--there is no way that music can or should be judged that way. If everyone lived the way you listen to music, they would stay inside and watch tv and have pizza delivered every night and never risk a damn thing. Well... I guess plenty of people do that, so why am I surprised to witness yet another one of them? Like I said man, you'd love Utah and Utah would love you.

I don't care if you like Sorne or not. But, your comment is offensive. You do not come across as intelligent. You will not get any hi fives from people looking at a 100 percent favorable Sorne review. Your bigotry is not welcome.

Whew, now that was fun!