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 +====== Morella'​s Forest ======
  
 +Noisepop / Shoegaze\\
 +Dayton, Ohio, USA
 +
 +Morella'​s Forest was a band from Dayton, Ohio which formed in 1992. They released three albums on [[Tooth & Nail Records]] and one with an independent label. Their signature sound is noise pop or space music comparable to [[Starflyer 59]] or The Breeders.
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 +Before signing to Tooth and Nail, Morella'​s Forest produced two works - a demo called //Bass//, and an EP entitled //Bozur//. Their 1995 debut, //​Superdeluxe//,​ was produced by [[Steve Hindalong]] ([[The Choir]]) and Chris Colbert ([[Fluffy]]). Its sound was characteristic of 1980s style new wave or 1990s shoegazing. Sonically it featured noisy, "​dreamy,​ hypnotic"​ melodies, and featured Bill Campbell of [[The Throes]] as a guest. Morella'​s Forest appeared on the cover of 7ball magazine in September, 1996. //​Ultraphonic Hiss// and //From Dayton With Love// were produced by Keith Cleversley. //​Ultraphonic Hiss// features a sound which moves the band slightly away from the noise of their debut. //From Dayton With Love// features some electronic elements - keyboard and drum machine - and moves their sound to an even more sugary guitar based pop sound, which one reviewer referred to as "space age garage pop." Some found this sound to be lacking of "solid melodies,"​ while others found the voice of Sydney Rentz layered over the background lively and fluid.
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 +The band struggled with the Christian music marketplace,​ finding the struggle between artistic integrity and profitability hard to maintain. After a half-cancelled tour in 1996 the band reported that although they were still "100% about fashion"​ they would direct their efforts toward the general market and emphasize a radio friendly sound. They told 7ball magazine that the only way to make money was to be like dc Talk or Audio Adrenaline, and as for themselves "We don't want to be some innovative, cool band that's doing something really weird for the Christian market."​
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 +Following their 1998 release drummer Nate McCorkle left to join the Christian rock band [[Johnny Q. Public]]. The band went through several drummers and played Cornerstone sporadically,​ but did not generally tour. In 2002, they produced an album entitled //Tiny Lights of Heaven//. On this album the writing responsibilities were taken by Shawn Johnson instead of long-standing writer Sydney Rentz. With production help from [[Jesse Sprinkle]] their music departs a bit from their signature sound, taking a lighter and more indie pop influenced, radio friendly tone.
 +
 +===== Discography =====
 +
 +| 1993 | [[https://​christiantapeunderground.wordpress.com/​2020/​10/​14/​morellas-forest-bozur/​|Bozur]] |
 +| 1994 | [[https://​christiantapeunderground.wordpress.com/​2020/​05/​26/​morellas-forest-bass/​|Bass]] | Forest Records |
 +| 1995 | Superdeluxe | [[Tooth & Nail Records]] |
 +| 1995 | Hang Out [ep] | [[Tooth & Nail Records]] |
 +| 1996 | Ultraphonic Hiss | [[Tooth & Nail Records]] |
 +| 1998 | From Dayton With Love | [[Tooth & Nail Records]] |
 +| 2002 | Tiny Lights of Heaven | Big Beef Records / Endearing Records |
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 +==== Bozur ====
 +
 +1993 Independent
 +
 +Syndney - Cantatrice\\
 +Shawn - Guitar\\
 +Sean - Guitar\\
 +John - Bass\\
 +Nate - Drums
 +
 +  - Tranquility
 +  - Ethel Stanesbury
 +  - Black Mercury
 +  - Room
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Bass ====
 +
 +1994 Forest Records
 +
 +Sydney Rentz - Singer\\
 +Shawn Johnson - Guitar\\
 +Sean McCorkle - Bass\\
 +Nate McCorkle - Drums
 +
 +  - Lush of Spring
 +  - Electric Belt
 +  - Oceania
 +  - Green and Violet Wavecaps
 +  - EsQue (version 1)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Super Deluxe ====
 +
 +1995 [[Tooth & Nail Records]] ‎(TND 1029)
 +
 +Sydney Rentz - Vocals\\
 +Shawn Johnson - Guitar\\
 +Christopher McCorkle - Bass\\
 +Nate McCorkle - Drums
 +
 +Produced by Chris Colbert and [[Steve Hindalong]]\\
 +Engineered by Chris Colbert and Bill Campbell
 +
 +  - Hang-Out (2:47)
 +  - Lush of Spring (5:03)
 +  - Wonder Boy (4:30)
 +  - Superstar (2:51)
 +  - Oceania (6:17)
 +  - Fizzle Kiss (4:40)
 +  - Puppy Luv (2:58)
 +  - Glowing Green (4:08)
 +  - Star Gazer (4:26)
 +  - Curl (4:36)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Hang-Out ====
 +
 +1995 [[Tooth & Nail Records]] (TND 1039)
 +
 +Sydney Rentz - Vocals\\
 +Shawn Johnson - Guitar\\
 +Christopher McCorkle - Bass\\
 +Nate McCorkle - Drums
 +
 +Produced by Chris Colbert and [[Steve Hindalong]]\\
 +Engineered by Chris Colbert and Bill Campbell
 +
 +  - Hang-Out (2:47)
 +  - Pasty White (2:06)
 +  - Voices Carry (4:22)
 +  - Art of Love (3:43)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Ultraphonic Hiss ====
 +
 +1996 [[Tooth & Nail Records ]] (TND1063)
 +
 +Sydney Rentz - Vocals\\
 +Shawn Johnson - Guitar\\
 +Christopher McCorkle - Bass\\
 +Nate McCorkle - Drums
 +
 +Produced by Keith Cleversley and Morella'​s Forest
 +
 +  - Candy Necklace Kind of Love (2:30)
 +  - Glitter (3:27)
 +  - Butter Scotch Boy (3:21)
 +  - Tangerine Drops (3:38)
 +  - Pastel Straws (1:51)
 +  - Hula Hoop (2:22)
 +  - Big Orange Bubble (2:56)
 +  - Lime Velvet Love Seat (2:48)
 +  - Silver Syrup (2:07)
 +  - 30 Sec. Wheely (2:66)
 +  - Gate Called Beautiful (10:49)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== From Dayton With Love ====
 +
 +1998 [[Tooth & Nail Records]] (TND 1109)
 +
 +Sydney Rentz - Vocals\\
 +Shawn Johnson - Guitar, keyboards\\
 +Nate McCorkle - Drums
 +
 +John Schmersal - Electronics
 +
 +Produced by Keith Cleversley
 +
 +  - Water'​s Overhead (3:29)
 +  - Falling (4:03)
 +  - Waiting (2:19)
 +  - Separate (2:54)
 +  - 1:30 Afternoon (2:33)
 +  - Bounty Hunter (3:27)
 +  - Living on Takeout (3:16)
 +  - Instrumental (3:06)
 +  - One Glorious Night (2:47)
 +  - Kids in America (4:12)
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 +  - Untitled (4:39)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Tiny Lights of Heaven ====
 +
 +2002 Big Beef Records (BBCD10) / Endearing Records (NDR036)
 +
 +Sydney Rentz - Vocals\\
 +Shawn Johnson - Guitar, keyboards\\
 +Joel Votaw - Bass\\
 +Jesse Sprinkle - Drums
 +
 +Nick Kizirnis - Fender steel on tracks 4 and 10\\
 +Ed Lacy - Korg on tracks 4 and 6
 +
 +Produced by [[Jesse Sprinkle]] and Shawn Johnson
 +
 +  - Running
 +  - Shining Stars
 +  - Choppy
 +  - Lullaby
 +  - Love is Blind
 +  - Sand and the Sea
 +  - Some Other Time
 +  - Gentle Go the Hours
 +  - Hopeless
 +  - Never Let Go
 +
 +== Japanese bonus tracks ==
 +
 +  - Running
 +  - Give It Up
 +  - Never Let Go (Ti Mo Mix)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Compilation Appearances ====
 +
 +//**Ed.**// (1994 [[Dwarf Records]])\\
 +15) May Sigh
 +
 +//**Sweet Family Music - A Tribute to Stryper**// (1996 [[Flying Tart Records]] / [[Liquid Disc Records]])\\
 +03) Calling on You (4:14)
 +
 +//**Alone In A Room 2**// (7-inch) (1998 Devil in the Woods)\\
 +03) Power of Air
 +
 +----