The debut EP by Los Angeles-based band The Morning Yells, “Proper Wilted,” is a collection of five tracks, that is already getting the attention of the press, which has compared the group to luminaries such as Wilco, Fleetwood Mac, and Bruce Springsteen.
The foursome evolved earlier this year from the brother-sister duo Phil and Lu (Phil and Laura Stancil), which released its debut album Mood Rock (“True emotion and reminiscence,” said The Line of Best Fit) in late 2016. The Stancils are essentially life-long bandmates who have performed together since they were members of the family band as children.
“We grew up in a family band, playing roots-rock and folk music at festivals and local watering holes throughout Michigan, where we’re originally from,” says Phil, whose warm and reedy tones define the vocals on the EP. “Our Dad taught us everything we know about music, and we fell in love with Beach Boys, America and The Moody Blues by digging through his record collection.”
As The Morning Yells, the siblings are now joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Trevor Smith andCurran McDowell.
“Proper Wilted” was recorded by Mark Rains, best-known for his work with artists as diverse as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Waylon Jennings, which goes a long way towards explaining the sound ofThe Morning Yells.
In the span of a mere five songs, the band adeptly covers a variety of genres, with each member easily jumping from piano, to guitar, to bass. All four contribute to the songwriting.
Although a short set, “Proper Wilted” is full of highlights, notably on its lead single “She Got Time,” a track that, despite the Stancil’s assertion that it had been tossed around for years, sounds completely inspired.
“It didn't find a place until The Morning Yells became a group, but it definitely is the strongest example of our style at this point,” Phil says. The Morning Yells is currently working on a second EP, and will continue to perform in and around Los Angeles throughout the rest of 2017.
“Proper Wilted,” the debut EP by The Morning Yells is out now.
01. Must Be You (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
02. She Got Time (YOUTUBE | SPOTIFY | APPLE | SOUNDCLOUD | MP3)
03. She Knows Exactly What She’s Doing
04. Sad Eyed Boy
05. Take Me Somewhere
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