Sydney indie folk artist Andrew Drummond has just released his first single ‘Morning Light’, which is off his soon to be released EP ‘The Grey Pelican’.
‘Morning Light’ combines a steady simmering of acoustic guitar with the beautifully crisp and clear voice of Andrew Drummond, to create a really soft, chilled feel. The track has a slow and steady build-up to each chorus, before Drummond launches into the powerful ‘Morning Light’ refrain which really shows the quality of his voice and forms the centerpiece of the song.
Despite the relaxing acoustic style of the music, the song lyrically is quite melancholy revolving around failed aspirations and broken dreams. However the chorus provides the hope that the the suffering individual in the song wants, with Drummond’s vocals so clear and uplifting in wishing that ‘morning light’ to shine through, support them and change things around.
The track also comes with a pretty cool video clip (below) that really encapsulates the relaxing feel of the song, with Drummond describing it as ‘a fun, chilled celebration of a Sydney summer’. I find the use of painting the blank canvas particularly effective in illustrating the hope and want for change that occurs in the song, as a bright and colourful piece of art is produced from nothingness. I also liked the touch of the grey pelican in the corner, was that subliminal advertising for the EP?
I loved the vocals on this track and I really enjoyed the listening to it, and my only criticism is that I felt that the song could have built up to the final chorus slightly better. I enjoyed the inclusion of the harmonies and the increased presence of the percussion instruments, and it was 95% there, but just failed to deliver that final killer blow that leaves the listener feeling like they have no other choice but click their iPod onto repeat. Its a pretty minor criticism and I’m sure that come the next set of releases, Drummond will have nailed his endings.
Overall, I really liked Andrew Drummond and I think he has a lot of potential given the enjoyable and chilled listen ‘Morning Light’ has provided. I am also really looking forward to hearing the rest of the EP, and will post a review when I have had a listen. Until then you can enjoy the track, either below or by downloading it for free from Andrew Drummond’s Triple J Unearthed Page.