Self-Titled CDR EP
Genres: indie rock, dream pop, indie pop
Jul 7 - 13 2003
their self-titled EP is anything to go by, Morning Spy are a
female-fronted indie rock band who play Yo La Tengo inspired
music that sounds a bit like dream pop, but lacks the etherealness
that defines the genre. The one thing
distinguishing them from their influences is the singer's voice, which
takes a little bit of time to get used to. On first listen, for
example, the very catchy "Summer Ache" displays a strong
disjunction between the singing and the instrumentation, but a second
listen turns things right around.
The best songs on this EP hint at the direction the band will
want to take in the future. The most immediately gratifying
tunes are "Summer Ache" and the I Can Hear The Heart
Beating as One-esque "Atomize and Connect." The
other songs are also solid (though "Please Stay Out Late"
sounds ever-so-slightly generic), although they aren't the type of
tunes you'll have down by heart.
While this EP is just a taster of Morning Spy's style, it
is clear that the band have a lot to offer to the scene. A full
length album will be the ultimate test; can they do it?
5 songs, distributed by the
band, released 2003]