Awaken to the Morning Birds and prepare to be swept away from the ordinary. Forged from an uncanny mixture of diverse musical styles, this band’s music is as innovative as it is accessible. Powerful bass lines, lush harmonies and soulful strings are complimented by break beats, trumpets, and cascading keys as Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus weave their stunning harmonies into sublime pop.
The Morning Birds have been pioneering their signature sound since they released their low-fi masterpiece, Inspiration Point, 3 years ago. After last year’s The Quickening they have returned with the pared down EP, Surrender to This, a work that gives free range to their daring eclecticism. Primary songwriters Jenn And Sam have a marvelous yin and yang synergy: one part classic pop, one part emotive rock and roll swagger. Their experimental leanings make things all the more interesting; it’s as if Queen met Animal Collective in the back of Tin Pan Alley.
From the soft hues of “Your Heart” to the dark disco groove of “Born To Be Alive,” the Morning Birds show no signs of creative lethargy. This new material is as focused and energized as anything they’ve done to date. Certain songs spring forth like they have been caged up for years waiting for the appropriate audience to enthrall and entertain, while others soothingly crescendo and shower down like a warm summer rain.
Above all, this is music with a message. Most of the album’s lyrical content focuses on staying centered in our hearts and surrendering to what is. When (on the album’s opener, “Yellow Moon”) they sing, “all things material and spiritual originate from one source the original,” it is as though they are letting us in on some sort of cosmic secret while at the same time gently reminding us of the obvious.
As their name suggests, the Morning Birds have come to help wake us up. Not with a ten-gun salute, but with a melodic, uninhibited sound reminiscent of songbirds heralding the dawn, calling us gently from our sleep into the light of a new day.