GOOD MORNING – ” Barnyard “

Posted: February 7, 2022 in MUSIC
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Good Morning from Melbourne Australia Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons are rulebreakers. Not in a sexy, flamboyant way — more in a casual, resigned kind of way. Accidental and incidental rulebreakers. They are friends first, band second, business third, often in spite of function, and often at their own expense. Every time the machinations of the industry have zigged, Good Morning have zagged. In late 2019, after the release of The Option and Basketball Breakups, with a lengthy American tour looming, Good Morning decided to go back to basics — to record as a duo again, as they had on 2014’s “Shawcross” and 2016’s “Glory“. Over the course of the year, they demoed any number of songs in their Collingwood studio space, meeting up every Tuesday to write and record together as they always had. In November, as their American tour wrapped up, the pair decamped in Chicago, to properly record the demos they had amassed at Wilco’s famed studio, The Loft, with Tom Schick, the studio’s in-house engineer.

Despite how quietly epochal “Barnyard” is — a milestone in the history of Good Morning — it’s also the band’s most meditative record, thoughtful and careful in its evocations. “Barnyard” is world-weary, concerned with the state of things in a loose, unfocussed sort of way. In spite of the appropriately bleak vibe, these songs feature some of Good Morning’s catchiest and most distinctive productions. The spritely groove and easygoing harmonies of “Depends On What I Know” belies its frustration-ridden lyrics; the gripping, awesome propulsion of “Country” persists in spite of its appeal to return to a simpler, easier way of being. Thoughtful, melodic, and idiosyncratic,” Barnyard” is all the things one might love about Good Morning, this time around presented with the fat trimmed and the edges sharpened, loose ends tied and ducks all in a row.

Barnyard was made at The Loft, Chicago, IL, USA, from November 18 til November 22 in 2019
It was produced by us, Good Morning, with help from Tom Schick, who also mixed and engineered it.

Everything got played and sung by us except for…
Vibraslap on ‘Burning’ slapped by Joe Alexander
Saxophone on ‘Big Wig // Small Dog’ saxed by Glenn Blair

All songs written by Stefan Blair + Liam Parsons

Released October 22nd, 2021

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