Morningsiders Return With New Single “Waterfall”
February 18, 2022 BY Tamara Simons
Today, New York City indie folk-pop trio Morningsiders return with “Waterfall,” the first single from the band since the release of their October 2021 EP, Easy Does It. Recorded with iconic producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile) at his live-in studio earlier this year, “Waterfall” developed out of earlier song the group wrote and played when they met at Columbia University. Morningsiders share, “The melody had been stuck in our heads all these years, and every now and then we’d try to reimagine words for it. A few phrases kept coming up like “easy does it,” and it slowly started to take on a reassuring, if slightly sad mood. I started thinking about conversations I’ve had with my younger sister trying to help her navigate her early 20’s, and also about what I wish I could have told myself when I was that age. It ended up being a song about that oceanic feeling of being a small part of a big world. That zoomed-out vantage point can feel melancholy, but almost in a satisfying way, like a good cry.”
Comprised of Magnus Ferguson, vocals/guitar; Reid Jenkins, fiddle/vocals; and Robert Frech, piano, the Morningsiders are known for their unique indie music that bridges the gap between virtuosic, intimate live moments and gorgeously atmospheric studio-produced pop song prowess. The trio have evolved from an acoustic and instrumental-heavy Americana collective comprised of rotating members into today’s guitar-fiddle-piano trio more focused on songcraft and production. They first made a name for themselves on a national level when their song “Empress” topped Spotify’s Viral 50 in 2015 and was featured in a Starbucks commercial featuring Oprah Winfrey. The song now has over 44 million streams on Spotify. In 2020, they branched out from their acoustic roots for the folk-rock-driven sophomore album, Pollen. And now, since the release of the October 2021’s Easy Does It, the trio are set to expand their reach on a larger level while still retaining the moments of brilliant musicianship and quirky sonic maneuvering that first earned them notice.