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Subsequent Light

by Morning Spy

Fuzzy dream pop and indie rock
Genre: Rock: Noise
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Am the Time
3:22 album only
2. Heresey Sequence
3:54 album only
3. Slow Flood
3:55 album only
4. Vista
3:12 album only
5. Hey Kirsten
5:07 album only
6. Accidental Stars
3:03 album only
7. Sweet Taste of Joy
4:33 album only
8. Daughters of History
4:11 album only
9. Please Stay Out Late
2:52 album only
10. All Romance
3:32 album only
11. Cosmonauts
5:43 album only


Album Notes
Morning Spy is a San Francisco-based indie pop band whose textured guitars and fuzzy, yet intricate songwriting evoke the sounds of Luna, Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, and Destroyer. The band started as a recording project in drummer Mark Loftin's apartment over the summer of 2001. Mark and bassist/songwriter Jon Rooney spent months working out songs based on the tenets of the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth and "Street Legal"-era Bob Dylan. Soon singer/guitarist Allison Goffman came on board and those rough early recordings led to several local shows. Guitarist James Spadaro joined the band over the summer of 2003 and, with the line up complete, Morning Spy set out to record a proper album.

"Subsequent Light," released in January 2004, was engineered by Bart Thurber (the Decibels) and Aaron Estes (Nik Freitas) and mastered by Myles Boisen (Rova Sax Quartet) over the span of three seperate sessions in Oakland and Visalia, California.

*Devil In The Woods (#5.4) - "...Morning Spy is full of dreamy pop for rainy days. ...the winning number is "Slow Flood," which features bassist Jon Rooney singing in a Dean Wareham/Stephin Merritt sort of way. His deep vocals over the jangly pop are charming, and the guitar breaks, bass lines and (Allison) Goffman's backing vocals are perfect"

*West Coast Performer - "Morning Spy is that San Francisco indie-rock band that reminds you of a band but you can't think which one. Listeners can tell that this mini-masterpiece was well-produced and recorded professionally. ...From the start of "Slow Flood," the opening bass line pulls you in, draws you in, making you wonder what those distant vocals are saying."

*Left Off The Dial - "...comparisons to bands such as Yo La Tengo and Galaxie 500 are unavoidable, but they can be dispelled; this is clearly a band that doesn't have a problem being compared to legendary groups as long as the listener can make the distinction that this is still truly original music. The universal themes that Morning Spy incorporates here will make this album a staple in your post-relationship breakup music for years to come."

*Splendid - "Morning Spy's pretty dream pop with classical indie pop underpinnings will float through your head like gossamer... You'll wake up from Morning Spy with a big smile and a pleasant feeling that'll last for hours afterwards"

*Indieville - "... it is clear that the band have a lot to offer to the scene."



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LEFT OFF THE (Nessim Halioua)

Another stellar release
Have you worn out your copy of The New Pornographers's Electric Version yet? That's fortunate, because I have also, but thankfully I have gotten my hands on Morning Spy's debut LP, and things have been dandy ever since. Morning Spy aptly delivered the goods with their self-titled EP in 2002, and this time, they raise the bar once again with Subsequent Light, which is the perfect title for this successive release. It should be noted that this album is not just "more of the same," which is the case with a myriad other bands that find their formula and never expand on it. Three of the songs from the previous record are found here ("Accidental Stars," "Please Stay Out Late," and "All Romance") as well as eight more succulent honey-laced tracks. The addition of a second guitarist, James Spandaro, has led to a richer, more textured sound as the band re-recorded those three aforementioned songs. The results are impacting, and this band has achieved the potential that it has strived for since their earlier days as dream-pop fledglings. While Morning Spy's co-founder/bassist Jon Rooney still assumes full song-writing responsibility, he shares the duty with guitarist/vocalist Allison Goffman for "Vista," a fractured song with only four verses that are repeated frequently. As Goffman whispers "Don't let my smile go to sleep, I'm standing here staring at my feet," she evokes memories of The Jesus and Mary Chain as well as My Bloody Valentine's less chaotic work. If a song with lyrics about staring at your feet are not shoegazer enough, "The Sweet Taste of Joy" could alleviate that problem, as the harmonizing between Goffman and Rooney make it illegal to listen to this song anywhere other than your bedroom with your blinds closed, shielding you from the puttering raindrops on your windowsill. From the spacey pop-rock of the album's opener, "I Am the Time" to the somber-sounding Velvet Underground-inspired closing track, "Cosmonauts," one really must consider the possibility that Lou Reed had four love-children with Francois Hardy.

Adam Gutterman

Awesome indie rock!
I encountered these cats only recently and they play a rocking live show. This CD is a great representation of their smooth, full indie rock sound. Great vocals and lyrics, and the instruments fill space perfectly to create a great wall of sound. Awesome debut effort!

JP @ Crooked

Morning Spy has crafted one of the most beautiful records I’ve heard in a long t
After receiving and tightly clutching my copy of Morning Spy’s “Subsequent Light” I ran to my stereo and popped it in, like one could expect from a lab rat for his tiny hit of methadone. “Subsequent Light” couldn’t be a more fitting title, especially if one were announcing it to the indie rock legions… Morning Spy has crafted one of the most beautiful records I’ve heard in a long time. The male/female vocals shine amidst the exceedingly thought-comforting lyrics. Like a warm blanket enveloping you. With the addition of a second guitarist, they have added a more three dimensional, timeless, and layered aspect to the song craft, some call this shoe-gaze or shimmer-pop, however it’s true. This leaves you in a euphoric trance-like state, arguably a perfect album. This band will be on my mix-tapes, in my head, and causing random glassy-eyed smiles for years to come. Do yourself a favor and seek out this band. R.I.Y.L – The Shins, The Books, Elizabeth Elmore, Belle & Sebastien

tom jaye

if you don't know them now, you will soon
i sing "slow flood" at least 10 times a day, aloud, preferably in the morning when my roommates are still sleeping. i'm really grateful that jon and crew are not simply part of our scene, but making strides with beautiful music and not hype. the house is alright. -tj

Kristin Vieau

great cd!! up and coming band!! you've got to see their show!!
I saw this band while living in San Francisco. They put on a great show. Saw their CD and had to have it. I love it. Good luck to the band!!!!!

West Coast Performer (Kathie Pomposo)

ridiculously enjoyable
Meet the little San Francisco indie-pop band that could. Remember the scene in the Michel Gondry directed flick Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in which Kirsten Dunst is dancing in her underwear on top of a bed with that guy? That song playing in the background should have been Morning Spy's “Please Stay Out Late” because it has that infectious bass line pertinent to a good pop song without coming off as too cheesy. If the band's previous three EP's left you longing for more, then you'll definitely want to check out the ridiculously enjoyable 11-song Subsequent Light. When thinking of Morning Spy's sound, bands such as Rilo Kiley with awkward vocals and Grandaddy with prolonged psychedelic guitar riffs come to mind. Greet them with handclaps and tap your glass at them. There's an element in Morning Spy's sound that epitomizes the laid-back California sound. Take a listen to the opener “I Am The Time” and “Accidental Stars” which were probably written to lie around all day swallowing in the California stars and making love. Call it chill rock or another term coined by a pretentious rock critic. They will have you sleeping the day away just like they say in “Sweet Taste of Joy.” Subsequent Light's stand-out song is easily “Daughter's of History,” in which Jon Rooney's (vocals, guitar) voice does not sound wonky and annoying. The recording flows with a pleasing mid-tempo beat courtesy of Mark Loftin (drums) and it has just enough subtle background vocals from Goffman. The sweet “Hey Kirsten” even has the obligatory “sha-la-la-la”'s thrown in mid-song. Subsequent Light is that album that has songs that make one want to think, sing, and dance in the dark. Morning Spy must be doing something right if National Public Radio's “All Things Considered” program featured “Slow Flood” on a recent program. Now if they could get their act together because they have so much potential.

Brett Dawson

Great CD...It is worth picking up!!
I got this CD a week ago and it hasn't left my CD player since the day I got it. Great layered indie rock sound. I have already recomended it to some of my friends. I am waiting for their next album!!!