Not an album – three ep’s

Ok, so here’s the deal. I’ve been working on and off on material for a record the past couple of years. And I have around 15-20 finished songs to compile, and putting the pieces together to make a coherent collection of tracks has turned into a logistic nightmare, and I’m growing tired of the songs in the process – not a good sign. I have a lot of new ideas and a clear vision of the sound I’m going for with some brand new material and I want to put my energy where it matters, that is, in the process of creation. So I’m going to give the current songs a final mastering and spread them out on three ep’s and put them up on Bandcamp and Spotify, maybe iTunes, within the next couple of months without making a big fuzz out of it and that will be it, time to move on. The songs are good, the recordings are good, I just don’t want to spend any more time on them, they’re already behind me. Life is short and my attention span is even shorter. My focus is more intense than it was ten years ago and I want to be able to move with ideas faster.
– Stay tuned.
three-eps

The light pours out of me – strange encounters

The clock at my local metro station acted out yesterday; for just a second my perception of reality was warped until I realised the clock was at fault, not me. I was reminded of the brilliant lyrics to “The Light Pours Out Of Me” by Magazine:

“Time flies, time crawls,
like an insect up and down the walls,
– the light pours out of me”

The song stuck in my head all day, and I got home, turned on the mic and recorded the 1st verse and chorus. Nothing more, nothing less; just a short vignette of that strange feeling that I had to get out of my system. There you go. Inspiration in all its strange glory.

New video / download: M Blok – Take My Breath Away

Here it is. A little freebie, while I work on some more studio material.
It was somewhat of a coincidence that I chose to cover this song, but I was working on a beat and some booming drum sounds that suddenly reminded me of it, and I thought it would be an interesting challenge to sing it.
I remember it being played on the radio non-stop when Top Gun came out. When I got to see that movie some years later, I thought it was awful; I was definitely more of a Robocop/Terminator enthusiast at the time. But the song has stuck with me as an early childhood memory and I’m generally a big fan of Giorgio Moroder’s music, so that was reason enough for me to give it a go.
(Also, I must admit, I have kind of warmed to Top Gun on a more humorous level as I’ve grown older. There is a douchey charm to it, no doubt).
Credit must go out to my brother Thomas, who insisted I tried making a more stripped down mix, after listening to an early version. It made the difference between just being a novelty that more or less emulated the original and this final version, that actually sounds like some of my own stuff. Which is what covers should be all about, if you plan to present them to other people anyway, as I see it.

Randy video trivia:
I actually had to go over this cut several times after the first upload to YouTube and edit out some of the more spacey stuff to make sure the preview featured the exotic dancer, since YouTube won’t let you choose the thumbnail yourself and just randomly picks out 3 for you to choose from; somehow it constantly ended up with a blur not related to that fine woman at all, before I finally nailed it and got to choose a preview that worked. So you may thank YouTube/Google for forcing me to put in more of those swinging hips.
Most of the clips are edits from an old Italian thriller called Milano Calibro 9. Worth checking out.

Download mp3: Download mp3 version here (right-click, “save as”):

 

“Sun Wukong” – single & video out now

Here we go; a brand new track.
Monkey King (Sun Wukong): “Havoc in Heaven” is a Chinese animation from 1961. It aired on Danish National TV a couple of times throughout the eighties, where I watched it as a kid. The movie deals with only a portion of the tale of The Monkey King, that has a classic coming-of-age theme to it. This is also well known throughout traditional western fairy tales, only in this case, it has a more poetic expression rather than your typical hero vs. villain type of story. Interesting song material to me, as you can see.

Get it in iTunes, SpotifyAmazon or in your local Wimp or Google Play online store.
Also available on bandcamp.com in lossless format.

/M

“The Cannibal” – per request

I get requests for this record at least once a week via Youtube, Facebook etc. Usually I give away a download link that points directly to a zip file of the record. This, however, is getting tiresome, so let’s share the load:
Download “The Cannibal” as a torrent via magnetic link here (open with your preferred bitTorrent client).

Morten Blok - The-Cannibal

– Please be patient. I will try to seed as often as possible. Once you get hold of it, please continue seeding, and let’s get this thing going.

Remember, this is a covers record. It was never made for profit and should be regarded as free. However, do yourself and the original artists a favour and check out/ spend your money on the original recordings. There’s a txt document with proper credits within the torrent file, where you can find the information needed to look up these songs/records.

Thanks,

/M