This summer the Morcheeba will be in Italy for an all-dancing tour with free admission: Tuesday 25 July 2023 at the Beach Arena Village in Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD) on the occasion of Lignano Summer Live Festival.
On tour, the Morcheeba are composed of Skye (voice), Ross (guitar), Dom Pipkin (keyboards), Skye's husband Steven Gordon (bass) and their eldest son Jaega Mckenna-Gordon (drums). In the studio, however, they are just Skye e RossHe plays guitars, lap steel, bass, keyboards and percussion. Skye started playing the cello during the lockdown, as soon as she had a minute to herself. "It's an instrument I've always wanted to learn to play," she says. Ross encouraged her to play it on one of the tracks of the latest album - composed during the world lockdown - Blackest Blue, Falling Skies.
Initially Ross had found the lockdown idyllic, to say the least. He was composing with his acoustic guitar, swapping ideas between his home recording studio and the one at Skye. He spent time with his wife and children, reading books about forests, psychedelic plants and quantum physics. "I had more time to play the guitar," he says with a note of happiness. "This put me back in touch with feelings I hadn't had since I was a teenager. When I started playing as a child, it was an activity for me to do in solitude, a kind of meditation that made me transcend the bad times I was going through."
The duo got carried away, writing and playing whatever came to mind. "I had written a poem about diving in Thailand," he says. Skye on the individual Sounds of Blue. "Oh Oh Yeah is a song about being high. In the old days we didn't think about singles, or the need to hear the chorus within 30 seconds. We had seven- or eight-minute pieces, and we started writing them again."
Tuesday 25 July 2023
Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD), Lignano Summer Live Festival / Beach Arena Village - Lungomare Trieste