Ali Morris

FRESH: ‘333’ EP – Ali Morris

Ali Morris releases her debut EP, “333”

“333”​ is a journey back to the person you really are, but whom somehow you forgot. The EP takes its name from the power of three, a number which constantly comes up in Ali Morris’s life. Recorded in part at the legendary Metropolis Studios London (which has hosted projects by Kendrick and Adele) with Ben Collier, and at Southampton with Luke Targett, ​”333″​ is an eclectic mix of styles that cohere through Morris’s vocal and songwriting nous.

Opener “Courage” is a spacious and beatific piano number, carried by Morris’s voice, with a beat that comes on like the distant but insistent thud of the human heart as Ali sings about embracing your vulnerabilities to find the inner resources to overcome hardship. It is a song about radical acceptance of who you are. The second song, “Colours”, comes on with sprightly tropical steelpan vibes. Written beneath a wave of nostalgia, Ali takes human connections as a focal point to explore the nature of soulmates and personal growth.

Closing with the Spanish language “Cuando”, Ali reconnects with her latin roots through dancehall rhythms and Spanish wordplay. Ultimately ​”333″ ​is an EP about inner power. It is a story told through the eclectic and universalising power of music, and it’s a powerful new iteration for the shapeshifting songwriter.

Ali was born into a family of intellectuals, A Peruvian singer/songwriter and actress, Ali was surrounded by an eclectic mix of art and ideas. Her father, an engineerand business consultant, read poetry and played jazz and classical records, while her mother, a painter and psychologist, offered Ali the emotional support to pursue a career in the arts. Ali started to write seriously when she was around seven, writing her first song out of boredom waiting in the car for her dad. The experience opened the door to a new world for her, giving her new found freedom to express the complex emotions and abstractions of her inner life through melodies.

She studied advertising at university and wrote a string of original songs like “Me Pregunto”, “Una Extraña Forma de Amar”, “Hoy No Te Tengo” and “Dime Porque”, these songs broke into the MTV Ourstage charts leading to a high-profile collaboration with Ecuadorian band Mama Vudu on their track “Ladrando”. Following this, she became a techno/house DJ, playing venues across Lima before leaving to pursue her career in London. Here she studied an MA in Music Business and started performing in open mics while refining her material.

In 2015 she debuted material under the alter ego of Zophy Ohr – a name which came to her in a dream. She played in venues such as The Water Rats, The Islington, The Spice of Life, and 93 Feet East,among others. In 2016 she released a series of demos from her self-titled EP, which have been aired by several local radio stations including Shoreditch Radio and Reel Rebels. She also won the Showcase Award at the Regionals Competition of the Open Mic UK 2017. By the beginning of 2020 she successfully released the single “We Are Gold”. Now chameleonic Ali Morris has reinvented her universe and is ready to present the next chapter, her debut EP ​”333″.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!