Part of that one percent who would escape my scorn however would be The Granite Shore. To suggest that The Granite Shore could in any way be allied to a ‘local’ music scene however would be ridiculous, for are hermetical artistes ever local to anything except their respective imaginations and perhaps the physical fabric of their Geek Lairs?
Now there is much to be said about the magic of the three minute Pop single. Indeed, most of it already has been. But size isn’t everything, and sometimes length really is more satisfying. At nearly six and half minutes ‘Tomorrow Morning, 3 a.m.’ might rightly be called epic. Certainly it is a song, and a record, that has the heart to dream of being something more than your average Pop song. Having said that, it does in fact concern itself with some of the essential themes of Pop: love, loss and longing. Yet it approaches those themes in a novel way, weaving connections between the sleeve and the song (the text on the back cover informs fuller understanding of the lyrics) so that in the end it feels like a wonderful amalgam of literature and Pop. Ged Quinn’s painting detail on the front cover is another magical element in the whole, setting the tone so exquisitely.
There were only 700 of these beautiful 10” records pressed, and on last glance at the online shop, there were still copies available. So once you’ve listened to this low bit-rate MP3, do yourself a favour and buy yourself a copy.The Granite Shore - 'Tomorrow morning, 3 a.m.'