Rising London-based alt-folk act – MORNING TOURIST – is pleased to share”Honey”, the second single to be taken from his debut album ‘The Endless Eve’ (due 21 August via Blaggers Records).
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A staple in Morning Tourist‘s live set and a firm favourite for the band to play at shows, “Honey” is a laid-back alternative-folk track seasoned with sweet harmonies and swelling acoustic guitars ripe for the season. However, gaze through the track’s golden veneer and you’ll find a track that smarts with the sting of dejection and resignation that can consume even the best of us when the world gets too much.
Tapping into the idea that often sadness isn’t a particularly dramatic feeling, but rather a subconscious emotion that can simmer under the surface as the planet continues to turn on its axis, Sean McKinney aka Morning Tourist explains of the song:
“”Honey” is a song about spinning one’s wheels and succumbing to resignation in the struggle. I wrote this in my late twenties, when feeling particularly low and not doing a good job of hiding it. It’s the difference between having a bad day once in a while and walking with that same feeling every day for what feels like a long time.”
Transferring these feelings into a song with a sunny-side up texture, “Honey” manages to hover neatly in the space between heavy-hearted melancholy and hopeful optimism. As Sean adds:
“The song is having a conversation with the people who love you, want to help you and hope you’ll pull yourself together. The song’s other voices are pleading with you to catch up and do better. I think this sense of perspective offsets the subject’s cynicism, and ultimately brings about the promise of resolution.”
Produced and mastered by Tom Davis and recorded at Shenley Studios, “Honey” follows “Small Flame” as the second single to be plucked from Morning Tourist’s forthcoming debut album ‘The Endless Eve‘. Set for release this Summer, the 9-track release boasts Morning Tourist’s bright potential as a shining new songwriting talent and flickers with shades of everything from Eliott Smith to The Shins and Sparklehorse to Villagers.
With all songs composed and written by Sean McKinney (including acoustic and electric guitar, percussion, vocals and keys), ‘The Endless Eve’ was recorded at Shenley Studios in Rushmoor. Produced and engineered by Tom Davis, the record features guest appearances from Jody Lahart (bass) and Sam Cahalin (synth), plus electric guitars by Harvey Fenny on closing track “Perfect Sense“. The full tracklisting is as follows:
‘THE ENDLESS EVE’ TRACKLIST
1. New Leaf
4. Small Flame
9. Perfect Sense
The new album also follows Morning Tourist’s 2018 EP ‘Quiet Lives‘. Having attracted extensive radio play and local support, Morning Tourist has appeared on festival stages across Europe, and played extensively on the London live circuit both as a solo act and accompanied by his band.
In the lead up to the album’s release, Morning Tourist also has a number of live fixtures lined up for 2023 including slots at The Great Escape, Glastonbury and How The Light Gets In Festival and more. Full dates and details below.
MORNING TOURIST – 2022/23 LIVE DATES
9 LONDON The Good Mixer
12 BRIGHTON The Great Escape
28 HAY ON WYE How The Light Gets In Festival
10 BEDFORD Esquires Ceremony Festival
21-25 PILTON Glastonbury Festival
27 REIGATE New Music Fest
24 CHELTENHAM Frog Fest