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Through years of human evolution, music has continued to weave itself into even the tiniest of gaps between different people and their cultures. Where a culture can sometimes exist for centuries with music as a centerpiece, some cultures are simply born out of it. In the dank music clubs of Melbourne’s 21st century streets, an endless flow of musicians and creators have passed through so that, often, we are so inundated with new art that it’s hard to separate authenticity and originality from hollow imitation.
With just the right amount of complexity, minimalism, softness and light, Good Morning’s Glory EP is a glorious lesson in taking it down a notch.
Now and then, however, a scene can be born that again, pushes those boundaries, inspiring and nurturing new blood to make their unique mark on an ever-changing sound. Enter Melbourne duo Good Morning, one of the select few acts with a distinctive ability to take a sound and mold it to their personality. Their forthcoming EP, Glory contains a small group of gems that are a result of this divine marriage of ageless inspiration and new creation.
Sleepy opener Overslept warms you slowly like wrapping yourself in a chrysalis of blankets on a winter’s night and moves through evolving sections with ease. Whilst there is an obvious pretense of modern slacker rock throughout the EP, with easygoing tempos and Demarco-esque wonky guitar leads, Glory has far more to offer sonically than so many releases of the same inclination. Cuts like the EP’s first single Cad Deg are well within this vein and is one of the simpler tunes from the record melting into the listener’s brain with its constant groove and trancelike repetition.
Further into Glory, a greater depth in the duo’s songwriting is uncovered with gentle wavering Give Me Something to Do which in its easy first half creates more atmosphere with two chords and minimal movement in arrangement than many can hope to do with a symphony orchestra. The tune is reminiscent of some of Pink Floyd’s more gentle tracks with a sweet double sax solo slithering between each beat effortlessly and almost Beatles-like harmonies warming the cockles of your heart like a sip of hot tea. The song later flows into a second movement that begins to drive forth and reintroduce the twisted warble of guitar leads and pulsating bass lines that stroll leisurely along the drum beat. Lyrically, too, Glory brings exciting truth and familiar existential wanderings into everyday life and woes of hypochondria.
Glory is full of surprises, where one minute you’re laying comfortably in the soft grass of familiarity, soon you’re disturbed in the most comforting way possible by a piano interlude soaked in reverb and thoughtful minimalism. Dissonance brief enough to give brighter meaning to softer sounds and simplicity abundant enough to highlight the complexity of the songwriting and depth of creation are hallmarks of great music and are heard constantly on Glory. The five song EP swims through you like a gentle current and reminds you that there is still hope, there is still evolution and great music will always be created and found by those who appreciate its importance. As another of Solitaire Recordings singings, Good Morning are another indication the label’s impeccable taste and yet another band to watch in the ever-expanding universe of great Australian acts.
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