The first time I saw Sean Morales play he was staggering around the stage, cigarette dangling from his lips, doing his best Keith impersonation, as part of the beautiful mess that was Austin garage punks Titz. Since Titz, he’s kicked around in different bands with different sounds over the years– a bit of garage soul with The Stepbrothers, the annihilating space rock of James Arthur’s Manhunt, and did I see him do some time with quirky electronic collective Ichi Ni San Shi? I think I did…. His latest project is his debut solo record, Call It In, and what a mighty fine project it is.
Recorded with a number of stalwarts of the Austin underground rock ‘n’ roll scene– including folks from The Young Mothers, OBN IIIs, the Golden Boys, and James Arthur’s Manhunt– this thing possesses a casual confidence as it moves seamlessly from the easy groove of opening cover “Video Life” to dirty, broke down blues to a sort of twisted, loner psych folk before wrapping the whole thing up with a bit of scrape and grind. And though it’s a largely mellow affair, it’s got plenty of grit. Keith still makes it in, but so do plenty of others like Skip Spence and Chilton, and as a whole the album sounds like it was written and recorded by a dude with a pretty great record collection who knows exactly what he wants but is open to anything that happens.
Call It In is out now on Super Secret Records. Check it out here.