Melbourne duo Good Morning are back with their first new music in two years - the double A-side single 'Mollyduker / Keep It'. It breaks their silence after the 2019 album Basketball Breakups, which was the prolific duo's fifth record since their formation in 2014.
This latest release continues the duo's tendency to drop two songs at a time - which have typically been released as non-album singles. Good Morning have been working on their new album, which will be released later in the year, but it's unclear whether either 'Mollyduker' or 'Keep It' will be part of the album's tracklist.
This upcoming album will spell the band's debut on Polyvinyl Records, after their recent signing saw them join a stacked roster including the likes of Julia Jacklin, Alvvays and American Football. Polyvinyl Label Director Seth Hubbard said of the signing "I’ve been a fan of the band for years, but when I heard their newest collection of songs I was blown away. We are so excited for Polyvinyl to help share this music with the world."
'Mollyduker / Keep It' is the first release of hopefully many for the duo on Polyvinyl. "We’re excited to start working with Polyvinyl, a label we’ve admired for a while now," the band announced. "Here’s to a long and beautiful journey together!"
It's a release that's sure to make a good first impression, too. On the two tracks, Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons trade vocal duties, with Blair singing on 'Mollyduker' and Parsons taking the reins on 'Keep It'.
It makes for two songs that are similar in style but each have their own unique quirks. 'Mollyduker' is an upbeat indie instrumental with sentimental lyrics and pastoral imagery from Blair. "‘Mollyduker’ was something my Pa called me whenever we’d be hanging out and working on his farm. It’s a reference to me being left-handed, however, I used to take it as somewhat of a dig," he explains. "The lyrics are a reflection on my relationship with him, as well as the farm itself, which has served as a home to a lot of my family over the years.”
'Keep It' is a bit slower in tempo but follows a similar formula, with bright chord progressions backing introspective lyrics. “'Keep It' is an ode to stasis,” Parsons says. “Repressed feelings, substance misadventure and arrested development in your late 20s."
They're two songs that are textbook Good Morning, and whether they'll appear on the new album or not, they're a great taster of what's to come and have us keen for their next release. There's also a bunch of gigs to look forward to, with the duo embarking on a tour of Victoria in June.
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