Good Morning continue to tease new LP with ‘Depends On What I Know’
BARNYARD OUT OCT 22 VIA GOOD MORNING MUSIC COMPANY WORLDWIDE & VIRGIN MUSIC AU/NZ + POLYVINYL ROW
|PRAISE FOR GOOD MORNING|
“Everything’s looking good for Good Morning”
“The music has the easiness you feel looking out at the ocean”
“More intricate production and a voice from singer Liam Parsons on ‘Keep It’
that sounds distinctly like Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy”
“Chill and organic indie rock, but there are some slight stylistic differences
due to each member taking lead vocals on some Lennon-McCartney shit…”
“Country feels like the culmination of everything that Good Morning
have spent their almost-decade together working towards”
“The Australians are coming out in full force”
“These are warm, inviting songs made for long drives on sunny afternoons”
“Gloriously catchy dessert rock”
Good Morning today share ‘Depends On What I Know‘, continuing to feed heavy anticipation for their forthcoming album Barnyard, out Oct 22. LISTEN / WATCH ‘DEPENDS ON WHAT I KNOW’ HERE.
Presenting another snapshot of the meditative and considered nature of Good Morning‘s Barnyard is their latest single, ‘Depends On What I Know‘ built exclusively on a series of power chords. Like its predecessors ‘Burning‘ and ‘Country‘, the release too reconciles with those single instances, memories and experiences that continue to play over in your own life movie – in this case, tales of epochs lifted from the lives of duo Liam Parsons and Stefan Blair. However ‘Depends On What I Know‘ sees the band refrain from spilling their guts across a bedroom floor, leaving interpretation of “what I know, depends on what I know” open to all. Stefan reveals “I usually try to bury the words in some level of abstraction so that they can be interpreted in different ways, but I suppose the overarching idea is that you can only do what you do, and make the decisions you make, based on the information you have at your disposal.”
Visually, the band continue to reference the sass-infused humour they have inbred on records past, taking shape in ‘Depends On What I Know‘s music video – a gentle cheekiness whose endearing quality has become synonymous with Good Morning as a band amongst listeners and fans. Folk music plays gently in the background of super zoomed, peep-hole sized, reels of a farm voyage, complete with sheep and ducks and horses oh my! Stefan continues, “We’ve really outdone ourselves with the video for this one, pure finesse and class I’d say. I dunno that much needs to be said about it, just watch it for yourself if you feel like it, if not, huge loss for you I guess.”
With their triptych of releases in tow, ahead of Barnyard‘s official release, Good Morning have accumulated international acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, Stereogum, The Line Of Best Fit, Consequence, Alt Press, Paste, DIY Mag, Music Feeds, The Music, Northern Transmissions, KCRW, 6Music and many more, including a warm embrace across local community radio stations Triple R, PBS, FBi Radio, 2SER, Edge Radio and SYN, together with New Music playlist support upon release across DSPs, alongside tastemaker editorial.
Barnyard is a world-weary record, concerned with the state of things in a loose, unfocused sort of way. In other words, like we all are — frustrated both with the way things are and with everyone’s general inability to fix any of the many issues endemic to our society. Although those seeking grand reinvention or earth-shaking hubris in Barnyard will come up short. This is an album of good, well-made, finely-written songs, notable for its purity and coherence of vision, but not by any means a concept album; it is a record significant in Good Morning’s history, but not one with such self-importance that it would consider itself historically significant for all. That is likely what those drawn to it will love about it. Not too little and not too much, it’s just right – just Good Morning.
Good Morning are rulebreakers. Not in a sexy, flamboyant way – more in a casual, resigned kind of way. Accidental and incidental rulebreakers. The creation and release of their sixth album, Barnyard, is the result of a process of patient refinement and the breaking of a couple of self-imposed rules. Thoughtful, catchy, idiosyncratic, and nearly twice the average length of their back catalogue, it’s all the things one might love about Good Morning, this time around presented with the fat trimmed and the edges sharpened. Recorded at Wilco’s famed studio The Loft, for the first time in a long time the record was made with the help of an outside engineer and will see an international release on a record label not operated by a friend, but instead, Polyvinyl, joining the likes of Alvvays, Julia Jacklin, STRFKR, Kero Kero Bonito and joining the ranks at Sub Pop Publishing. A milestone in the history of the band it’s also their most meditative record, thoughtful and careful in its evocations.