The Morakestra

Witness to Connection

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Brothers Will Mora (vocals, guitars) and David Mora (guitars, vocals), the founding members of the Morakestra, hail from El Paso, TX, and are performing in the late 2000s, but from the sound of their second album, Witness to Connection, they might as well be from London, England, and have been performing in the late '60s. They write and record melodic pop/rock songs, many of them clocking in at under three minutes, full of chiming guitars and harmony vocals singing romantic and uplifting lyrics. ("If angels were human, you'd be one," Will Mora sings in the opening song, "Angels," and the brothers end the album with "Different Names," declaring, "We're all the same with different names.") Such music would have been considered mainstream pop/rock 40 years earlier; in the 2000s, it's indie pop. But it is potentially appealing not only to new listeners, but also to fans of its antecedents. Witness to Connection could be slipped into a CD changer with There Are But Four Small Faces, Something Else by the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones' Flowers, set to random sequencing, and it would fit right in.

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