Listen to Neal Morgan’s Spooky, Spoken-Word “Walking to the Lake”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.03.14 in News

You think you’ve heard it all — avant-skronk, corner-core, deli-wave, post-ozone. And then you hear Neal Morgan, drummer for Bill Callahan and Joanna Newsom, and start recalibrating your expectations. Morgan’s work could loosely be defined as “spoken word,” but it’s far removed from the cliche of the wild-eyed, bearded ragamuffin over-emoting at the local open mic night. Instead, his songs are more like chilling short stories in miniature, comprised mostly of sense imagery and filled with unlikely, surreal twists. That his songs are accompanied by nothing more than grim, insistent drumming just heightens the noir-ish mood.