Friday, 12 September 2014


'Triad of Despair' is out on Bandcamp now, as a pay-what-you-want download. 

As I'm sure I've said already over the last few weeks, I'm really proud of these songs.  It's taken the best part of three months from writing them to finally recording them in a way in which I was happy with them. They've been performed live, reworked and rewritten over that time until I had them set in stone and be able to play them consistently. 

I worked hard on my sound, both vocally and as a ukulele player, and feel like I've taken big strides forwards as a writer and performer.  The subject matter is one that is close to my heart, that of mental health, particularly stress, anxiety and depression.  When I recorded what became the final versions of the songs, I was in a rage, full of anger and tears, and stormed out of my home, ukulele in hand.  I hid in the trees nearby and played my heart out, recording my anger, frustration and upset.  The sounds around became a vital part of that short span of time, and once I had played and recorded 'Triad', all that anger and upset was gone, replaced with pride and positivity.  

Music has incredible healing powers, whether you're listening to it or playing it.  It's one of my favourite forms of therapy.  I hope the words resonate with you out there if you feel isolated, alone, trapped, hurt or lost.

Thanks for listening, Morgan.

Sunday, 7 September 2014


The new RUKE video is live. Watch, enjoy and share...

I'm really pleased with how this has come out, as I spent a long time storyboarding, making masks, filming, editing and creating graphics.  It's feels like I've upped my game with creativity lately...

Thanks for the support.

Thursday, 4 September 2014


I'm shaking, dripping with sweat and breathing hard.  Adrenaline is coursing through my veins.
I've not been running a marathon, I've been filming a video for my new ep 'Triad of Despair'.  Walking around in woodland wearing a mask and carrying a shovel.  Digging holes in the soil then filling them in.  Yeah, I think it's pretty crazy too.  If anyone had seen me digging in the woods, I'd have probably been arrested.  Wearing a mask, they'd lock me up and throw away the key. 

I'll start editing over the weekend, I hope my vision works...

Thursday, 28 August 2014


How freaking cool is this? Beautiful customised pedals with a doom Sunn O))) vibe. Liberated from  

More custom loveliness here...

Friday, 22 August 2014


I hope this comes across okay, but I'm really proud of myself and my music.

I played two of the songs from my forthcoming 'Triad of Despair' ep live tonight at an open mic, and you could have heard a pin drop.  I don't think most people got it. A grown man growling depressing lyrics and thrashing away on a ukulele.  But I got it.  I have my sound now. Ruke is complete.

I really don't want to come across as being conceited, vain or arrogant, but something has shifted in me over the last few weeks.  I wrote the songs that have become 'Triad' about a month or so ago, and have been playing them fairly consistently since. Last week I recorded them outside in woodland with the wind blowing and birds singing, and they sound great. They sound right.  I tried one of them out in the attic this week. It sounded okay, but not as good.  I'm releasing the open air recordings.

Just before I started to sing this evening, I wondered if I'd growl or not.  I did, and again, it felt right.  It's my voice, and it fits Ruke.  My songs my way.  Not everyone is going to get them, but I know I'm doing them right.

Thanks for listening.

Saturday, 16 August 2014


I found my sound at last. I stopped worrying and just went out and recorded some songs. Outdoors. Under trees with the wind blowing. It felt good. Right.

I stopped putting labels on my music and just played.

I've taken the same attitude with mastering. After I listened to the earlier versions of the songs, I realised I'd over processed them before I even mixed or mastered them. No wonder my recordings sounded rough. I'm learning all the time. I took the recordings from this week (in the trees...), reset the levels to zero, then did minimal tweaks on the vocals and left it at that. I left in all the wind noise, bird song, traffic (quiet country lane...fight). It just feels right.

The songs sound good. My playing is better and I like my vocals more. I hope you do too.

There's a video storyboarded in my head to film and edit next week, then I hope the songs will be out.

Friday, 18 July 2014


See... misery and woe.

Hear... cries of pain.

Feel... madness descending.

When you encounter... The Triad of Despair!