Morningbell

Sincerely, Severely

by Sarah Moore

6 December 2009

 
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Morningbell

Sincerely, Severely

(Orange)
US: 1 Dec 2009
UK: Import

Morningbell pull off one stunner of an album. Shimmering glam rock and epic psychedelic anthems litter its fourth full-length release, Sincerely, Severely. Founded by two brothers (Travis and Eric Atria), Morningbell was indeed named after the famous Radiohead song. At times, Travis’ vocals soar like Prince’s “Kiss” falsetto (“Hello, Dali” and the title track), while at others, it shines hues of Perry Farrell, Freddie Mercury, and Robert Plant. Try not to move to the afrobeat rhythms like the ones found on “We’re Marching Off to War”. On the bridges of this aforementioned track, Travis’ subtle yodel is just right. The album is lush with instrumentation, as Eric (bass and theremin), Chris Hillman (drums), and Stacie Thrushman (keyboard) round out the band.

Sincerely, Severely

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