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Albums Of The Week: Vapors Of Morphine | Fear & Fantasy

Morphine's surviving members keep the band's darkly rich ‘low-rock’ sound alive.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Vapors of Morphine perform the music of ‘low rock’ pioneers Morphine, utilizing the ethereal, hypnotic and expansive sounds popularized in the ’90sby late singer-bassist Mark Sandman and the rest of the innovative, unique group.

The Boston band were formed over a decade ago by Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley, singer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyons and Morphine’s original drummer Jerome Deupree. The group now includes drummer Tom Arey (J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf’s Midnight Ramblers, Ghosts of Jupiter). Their new album Fear & Fantasy represents both a new era and a return to form for Vapors of Morphine.

In its often lush arrangement, the album recalls Morphine’s final release The Night, where Deupree teamed up with Billy Conway, the drummer who had replaced him; this time Arey plays on one side, Deupree on the other. It only seems fitting when both bands have been blessed with a revolving cast of top-notch percussionists.”