Glasgow-based duo Morning Midnight finally release their debut album Happy Hour. A juxtaposition that makes sense from the jump, the bedroom-pop duo have created a sound where you constantly feel like you’re falling whilst being held. Made up of singer/ songwriter Jordan Scott, whose personal lyrics and soaring vocals captivate, and Jess Pascal whose background in production, piano playing and synthesis both ground and illuminate the group’s sound.
Like a cloak and dagger, Morning Midnight’s music holds comfort in its haunting, yet resonating lyricism. Their debut EP ‘Swimming Lessons’ was an unfiltered work that drew you into a place of retrospective feeling, and has amassed 2 million streams on Spotify alone. Lead singles ‘You & I’ and ‘Ancoats Junction’ root the bands unique harmonies and vocal layering with a raw electronic sound, weaving melancholic stories with a distinct sense of hope.
Growing up in the suburbs of Merseyside in a house that was always playing music, Jordan Scott’s path as a singer/songwriter felt conventionally inevitable. His home provided a platform for the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Shania Twain and Jeff Buckley to make early impressions on his younger self. Although, it was at 15 when he started to find inspiration for his own sound amongst indie artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, John Martyn and Frightened Rabbit. Their self-reflective and poetic approach to songwriting inspired Scott to write his own songs from the comfort of his bedroom, playing to no one but himself and his insecurities.
At 22, whilst studying film, a Bon Iver show in Glasgow was the catalyst he needed to finally jump-start his career. Singing in front of people for the first time, Scott went on to play open mic nights and started recording demos to send to friends, quickly realising that his music was resonating with them; with one of them being Jess.
Hailing from the sleepy town of Lancaster, but with Irish parents, Jess Pascal grew up in a turbulent home. Her parents were both keen players of traditional Irish music, with her dad playing the banjo and her mother playing the concertina. However, it was after hearing Michael Nyman at the age of 7 that Jess decided to start her own musical journey and learn the piano. As an introverted ‘tomboy’ at high school, Pascal found herself a social outsider after coming out as bisexual at the age of 15.
However, she found solace spending her lunchtimes in music rooms listening to pop music and learning Taylor Swift songs on piano. It was after starting college that she discovered dance music and finally found her people, having the likes of Bonobo, Four Tet and Burial on heavy rotation to soundtrack a new found love for music production. By 18, Pascal had her own tracks playing on Radio 1’s late night dance shows and moved to Leeds to start studying music production. It was during her first semester at Uni when she was sent one of Scott’s demos and was so moved by what she heard that she decided to quit her course the very next week.
Morning Midnight is the story of two individuals living on the outside who have brought themselves in. A duo whose music will make you feel every emotion like it was the first time, with hook-filled melodies that bring a familiar comfort weaving alongside a lyricism that creates a longing for introspection.
The album contains previously released singles Blurry, Paradise, Easy and Talk. Overall, the album is a collection of melancholic soundscapes and sorrowful lyrics. It takes the listener on an emotional journey so be prepared to be moved, even to cry along the way. Isn't that also part of this thing called life? It's not always sunshine and roses. And perhaps that's why, Morning Midnight's lyrics resonate. Deeply introspective, tender, exposing the bare soul to the listener, looking for connection. "Less is more in case of our honesty" - Clean
"I know you've been hurt before, I tried so hard but it's time for something new", these gut-wrenching lines from Teenagers cut to the core. Cathartic, direct, no fooling around. Summing up what this record is about. Raw honesty, transforming those gloomy feelings into something else, putting them all on the oltar of the music. And creating something deeply meaningful from the deepest corners of the heart. Making you realize you're human and it's ok to feel the way you feel.