- INTO THE RED: Andrew Morgan channels the Gulf Coast, a Frederick Barthelme book and a recurring dream on the latest from Country Florist, "Waveland."
Over the last 15 years, Andrew Morgan — as a musician in various local bands and as a producer with solo projects — has amassed a formidable catalog. He was one half of the rock duo Chinese Girls and, under monikers like Ettiem (and now, Country Florist), he's churned out some supremely smoky disco that works as well on the headphones as it might in a club at 3 a.m. Country Florist's trilogy tapes, released by Drawing Room Records, drew international notice, including a spot on Dave Tompkin's "My Everyday Shit, Every Night Shit: Songs That Actually Came Out This Year That I Listened to the Most" list for the Paris Review. On Oct. 20, Morgan and Drawing Room Records released another full length Country Florist album, "Waveland," cited by the label as Morgan's "most 'official' musical offering."
Did you know there is a town in Arkansas called Waveland?
I didn't. The record's named for Waveland, Miss., down on the coast near the Louisiana border. It was ground zero when Katrina made landfall. My title is also a reference to the book "Waveland" by Fred Barthelme. The book's definitely a bit of a downer, but then, so is the Gulf Coast in a lot of ways.
What are your
Damn. Well, if I'm honest, it's to make the greatest house records to ever come out of Arkansas. And maybe make Jeff [Kuykendall, of Drawing Room Records] his investment in the project back along the way as a bonus.
What other house records have come out of Arkansas?
I honestly don't know. There's certainly heads of all ages out there. And surely some of them have produced music over the years, and maybe some of it's even good. I mean house/techno/whatever's been around now for nearly 40 years. Would love to hear some Arkansas gems if they're out there.
How much does random chance play into creating your music? How do you go about choosing samples?
These two questions live together in my mind. I might sit down with a general idea of what kind of groove I'm looking to create based on my energy and mood. I let listening guide me. I'll grab a stack of records — recent things I've picked up or old faves I'm revisiting or
What about dreams? I know you have always had a fascination with them.
Dreams probably played a bigger role when I was writing more lyrics in band situations. I'd mix dream scenarios with
Are you still recording with tape? Why do you prefer it?
Yes. Everything on "Waveland" has spent time on tape via my trusty Yamaha MT4X. I've been using it since about 2002, and I know how to get out of it what I want. And I just love the sound of pushing signals into the red on tape.
Is that why you put out tapes as releases? Don't you want to be heard by as many as people as possible?
First, let me say that Waveland is available as a limited vinyl LP and digitally. The initial trilogy of Country Florist releases came out on cassette, and that seemed like an appropriate way to present it; it all came from tapes. Everything I've done through Drawing Room Records is available digitally, and accessibility is important. But having physical objects, artifacts, is important to me, and to the label also.
What is it about having an artifact?
Having something in your hand that went through the whole manufacturing process, the stages of which involved other creative and skillful people to pull
Besides music, where do you draw influences from? What's your go-to shit?
So-called "Black Twitter" is
Country Florist's "Waveland" can be streamed and purchased on Bandcamp at drawingroomrecords.bandcamp.com.