steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Morning Spy

Self-Titled CDR EP


Genres: indie rock, dream pop, indie pop

Jul 7 - 13 2003

If 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?


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 songs, distributed by the band, released 2003]