Good Morning speak to existentialism and dissociation on ‘Burning’

September 16 2021


Photo by Nick Mckk


“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”

Rolling Stone

“The Australians are coming out in full force”
Paste Magazine

“These are warm, inviting songs made for long drives on sunny afternoons”
Frankie Magazine

“Gloriously catchy dessert rock”

Following their rousing emotive return with ‘Country‘, Naarm / Melbourne indie-folk duo Good Morning share new single ‘Burning‘, taken from their forthcoming album Barnyard, out this Oct 22 via PolyvinylLISTEN TO ‘BURNING’ HERE.

A part Tweedy part ‘Taxman’ leaning jaunt, ‘Burning‘ sees Good Morning capture the sense of dread felt by many across the nation and beyond, that in spite of the rising significance of taking action in activism, how draining that fight can be in the face of the blissful ignorance of world leaders. Over steady lounge piano chords, Liam and Stefan ruminate on existentialism, markers of success and purpose, to the climate crisis, before reaching its pensive pre-chorus “Some folks will swim and some folks will drown / Me I just hold onto to whatever I’ve found.”

Lifting the veil on ‘Burning‘s meaning, Liam shares “The lyrics for the song were written in the middle of recording at the end of 2019. We had been touring America for a month and a bit and then were doing a little recording in Chicago. The whole time we’d been looking back at Australia and you could just tell that the upcoming summer was going to be fucked. It was only September/October and already the fire season had begun and heat records were being broken all the time. There was an impending sense of doom that within a matter of weeks was completely justified.

In Australia, there is this prevailing rhetoric coming from Scott Morrison and the like that in the midst of a crisis isn’t the time to be talking about climate change or our country’s coal addiction, and that to do so would somehow be opportunistic or shallow. So when is the right time when the crisis is never-ending? When can we talk about it when both sides of our federal politics live in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, their silence and compliance bought while the clock ticks? There’s a necessary numbness that sets in as an occasional coping mechanism for being alive in this present moment. If you felt it all, all the time, you’d be crushed. This song isn’t an endorsement of complacency, but rather an admission that sometimes you need to disassociate for a minute before you can face up to the moment.”

WATCH: ‘Burning’ (Official Music Video)

With ‘Burning‘s release comes an animated collage video, created and directed by Carolyn Hawkins. Of the process, she reveals “I stuck with a washed out colour palette – I was thinking about the 2020 bushfires and all the smog and hot concrete. The song also got me thinking about how we try to make sense of the world and cobble together meaning in such confusing, chaotic and troubling times. I wanted to play with images of deconstruction and reconstruction to explore how humans build all these systems – whether it’s politics or the built environment or our own personal worldview – but at the end of the day it’s all so fragile and can so easily be dismantled. I had to be resourceful as it wasn’t easy to go out and get materials with shops shut, but this forced me to think outside the box and look to other methods of creating source material. I printed out a lot of images of Brutalist architecture, people, and textures using my crappy printer, and then created a few hand-drawn textures using whatever I had lying around.”

Lifted from their forthcoming record Barnyard, ‘Burning‘ follows ‘Country‘, the band’s appeal to return to a simpler, easier way of being, that has garnered support from Rolling StoneNMEStereogumAlt PressPasteDIY MagMusic FeedsThe Music and many more, including a warm embrace across community radio nationally, via Triple RPBSFBi Radio2SEREdge Radio and SYN. Plus New Music playlist support on Spotify and Apple Music upon release alongside tastemaker editorial.

by Good Morning
out Oct 22

Burning‘ is out now, buy/stream it here.

To Young To Quit
Depends On What I Know
Matthew Newton
I’ve Been Waiting
Big Wig // Small Dog
Never Enough
Green Skies

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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. Not too little and not too much, it’s just right – just Good Morning.