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Good Morning Share Latest Double Single Release “Excalibur” & “Toy” – Double LP “Good Morning Seven” due March 22nd via Polyvinyl Records

March 5, 2024
Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

Good Morning Share Latest Double Single Release “Excalibur” & “Toy”

Double LP “Good Morning Seven” due March 22nd via Polyvinyl Records

WAXAHATCHEE US tour support this April

Good Morning today (February 29th) share their latest two-track release ‘Excalibur’ and ‘Toy’, from their seventh studio album Good Morning Seven. The 17-track epic arrives on March 22nd via Polyvinyl ahead of their upcoming tour dates supporting Waxahatchee across the US. With the release comes a transitory new music video for ‘Excalibur’, a fan favourite that’s spawned continued online fever since its first appearance in a live set eighteen months ago. 


Good Morning possess a consistently high output, but on ‘Excalibur’ and ’Toy’, Liam Parsons and Stefan Blair find themselves at the hands of remarkable happenstance with both tracks appearing seemingly out of nowhere. Unlike Good Morning‘s discography as a whole, casual demo tinkering captured the subconscious ‘Excalibur’ and ‘Toy’ in real time. Just as they first appeared in the spur of the moment, both singles share a relaxed, soft-rock quality of swash-buckling calm. The sheer coincidence of their recording made all the peculiar when noting their conception in two isolated instances. Much like their collaborative relationship, taking place parallel to one another.

A live set staple and heavily anticipated by fans, ‘Excalibur’ – like the sword – manifested itself in what Liam initially thought might come out as placeholder mumble while writing on tour. “It was one of those weird times where I had all the words in my head ready to go without ever explicitly thinking about them,” he shares. “Las Vegas is a strange and messed up place at the best of times, but when you feel like the world is gonna end it becomes even weirder. I remember walking around in the morning and the streets were pretty quiet and it was the day that the Killers put out that song ‘Caution’ (Las Vegas banger). I listened to that on a loop and was looking at all these mock versions of world landmarks and just quietly freaking out about my future.”

This air of escapism oozes from the new track and the listener gravitates to that emotive pull that allows the music to transport them elsewhere. Another stellar ensemble that simply captivates, through the stirring momentum and delectable tones that awash this landscape, the composition captures an array of hooks and hypnotizing harmonies.

Lyrically ‘Toy’ considers a bar encounter “in which I probably shoulda just left” Stefan explains, swooning instrumentally through a crescendo of strings, woodwind and synths. Formed by the trigger of Chet Baker’s cover of “You Better Go Now,” while hanging out in a public park, the opening string suite sparked ‘Toy’s composition. “I paused it immediately because I could hear what became ‘Toy’ in my head,” he continues. “I hurried home and demoed the song pretty quickly, nervous that I would forget what I had imagined in the park. Don’t think something like that has ever happened to me before, but it’s cool it can.”

With “Toy“, this brooding arrangement channels charisma and this sultry sincerity. This release captures this reflective nature in the tones, the warmth of a classic song takes shape and can mirror that of an early 60s classic. Two tracks are released to once again showcase the diverse range this outfit has poured into their forthcoming masterpiece of a record.

Good Morning Seven marks a moment in the two-piece’s history as a product that demonstrates the investment (and pay-off) in taking time. Typically the duo write and record independently from each other, in a matter of days, releasing albums, EPs and double tracks all in a quick sequence of each other. That was, before Good Morning Seven. The upcoming album will see the two display a confident creative partnership, with every intentional step laid out for indulgence.

04/18 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
04/19 – Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN
04/20 – Salt Shed – Chicago, IL
04/21 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
04/23 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
04/25 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
04/26 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA
04/27 – Brooklyn Paramount – Brooklyn, NY (Sold Out)
04/28 – The National – Richmond, VA
04/30 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
05/01 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
05/03 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
05/04 – The Beacham Theater – Orlando, FL
05/06 – Lyric Theatre – Birmingham, AL
05/08 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
05/09 – Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall – Fort Worth, TX
05/10 – The Heights Theater – Houston, TX
05/11 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX
05/13 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
05/14 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
05/16 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
05/17 – Barrellhouse Brewing Co. – Pasa Robles, CA
05/18 – Fox Theater – Oakland,CA
05/19 – Gundlach Bundschau Winery – Sonoma, CA
05/21 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
05/23 – The Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO

Good Morning Seven (LP) Tracklist
1. Arcade
2. Ahhhh (This Isn’t Ideal)
3. Monster Of The Week
4. As The Dogs Were Playing
5. The Worm Turns
6. Dog Years
7. Queen Of Comedy
8. The Lake
9. Diane Said
10. One Night
11. Excalibur
12. Real I’m Told
13. Just In Time
14. Toy
15. Jelly Legs
16. Dogs On The Beach
17. The Fear!


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