Morningsiders Take You Out To “Bowery Ballroom” With New Single; Announce New EP
June 11, 2021 BY Nettwerk
New York City folk-pop trio Morningsiders are excited to announce their EP, Easy Does It, will be released on October 8, 2021. It will be the band’s first new record since signing to Nettwerk earlier this year.
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. Having met while studying at Columbia University, the three co-founders—Magnus Ferguson, vocals/guitar; Reid Jenkins, fiddle/vocals; and Robert Frech, piano—have evolved from an acoustic and instrumental-heavy Americana collective comprised of rotating members and improvisatory performances into today’s guitar-fiddle-piano trio more focused on songcraft and production. Easy Does It EP was produced by the celebrated maestro Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Sharon van Etten, Kurt Vile) and mostly written by Ferguson and arranged in turn by Jenkins with contributions from Frech.
Today, they share the first single, “Bowery Ballroom,” a folk-pop earworm that evokes the nostalgia of exuberantly sneaking into concerts as a teenager. The video features the band in New York City making their way downtown to perform at the infamous venue and gives the viewer a taste of the delicious anticipation one feels the day of a concert.
Magnus explains, “In high school I went to a show at Bowery Ballroom. I remember that night because it was one of the first times that I really felt a sense of belonging in New York, like I was in the right place. (As it turns out I had no idea what I was doing in general.) The chorus line, ‘You’re my lighthouse but I’m not sure I’m coming home this time’ is really the heart of the song. I think it partly means that it’s okay to ground yourself in memories that you don’t necessarily want to return to.”
WATCH (AND SHARE) “BOWERY BALLROOM”
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 40 million streams on Spotify. The band then released a song each month throughout 2018 and 2019, ultimately releasing the lot as their debut LP, A Little Lift. In 2020, they branched out from their acoustic roots for the folk-rock driven sophomore album, Pollen. And now, with the release of the new 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. By honing in on an accessible, more concise sound driven by a sense of emotional and lyrical optimism with a simple and confident presentation, Morningsiders are poised to become the next big thing in the folk-pop world. Stay tuned for more to come from Morningsiders.