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Morose | La Mia Ragazza Mi Ha Lasciato (OuZeL)
The title translates as 'my girlfriend left me', but this isn't emo, at least, not as we know it. It's simple, lo-fi acoustic stuff played with heart and soul by a three-piece that probably never shift out of second gear on their way to shows. They're in no hurry, and for all the horns blaring behind them, why should anyone else be? Life's too short perhaps, but if you rush everywhere, what might you miss? My mind's eye image of Italy is somewhat rose-tinted - vineyards rolling upwards towards the horizon and rustic villages populated by the Super Mario Brothers (or look-a-likes) bearing a selection of lasagnes for my delight. The truth, having experienced the filth of Rome on a winter's evening, is somewhat less fantastical. Morose are the band to soundtrack this reality - the simple lyrics (all in English, by the way) may smack of the typical 'girl-leaves-boy, boy-cries' themes, but the stark backdrop represents modern day industrialised Italy perfectly. Sure, one day our hero will find the girl he longs for so dearly in standout songs like A Lovely Waitress and I've Built Up A Craft, and when he does he'll see nothing but blue skies whatever the weather. But for now, dull grey skies and equally dull grey buildings have rarely seemed so inviting.

Mike Diver
March-April 2004