Good morning to you too, lads. The debut full-length LP from this friendly Aussie group is the sort of nice young record that you could take home to meet the parents. Tracks like ‘Elevator’ and ‘Mirror Freak’ are lo-fi Millennial pop par excellence. The press release advises us not to compare the group to Mac Demarco, but, like, they do sound like Mac Demarco.
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“The press release tells us not to compare them to Mac Demarco, but like, they do sound like Mac Demarco”. These are the elegantly disrespectful words of our descriptions writer Fred, who sums up this festival of gauzy lo-fi with real aplomb. A band looking to make a foray into the same feel-good and chill-hard niche, Good Morning deliver a long player of ideas developed on the similarly shambolic EPs of 2017. And why not.
Take the skin off; these songs are happy living as skeletons. “For a Little While” floats by with a hissing beat, sleepy bassline and stray piano fumbling. It’s barely anything and then, in the last moment, it’s something: a saxophone melody politely nudges it awake. The acoustic picks of “After You” are from an overplayed VHS that can only warp on its way to work, the drums slow and sloppy too on a tune that sounds as gorgeous and inviting as an empty house with glass cabinets full of family photos. There’s charm in how Good Morning will just play wrong notes at the wrong time while keeping their songs sounding like dusty gems of melody and grace. And the woodwind? Well, I like the woodwind.
This record couldn’t be any further from a world-beater: it’s slow, low and tired. It’s trying to keep its eyes awake from the sofa while someone else does most of the work. But listening to it is a calm, balmy experience: those moments where you hear a chord sink in just right, or a vocal harmony breathe space into a song like “Escalator”, make it worthy over and over. Sounds like Mac Demarco? Makes him sound like a try hard, more like.
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