Song of the Day: Morning Harvey - Smith Street Swap Meet

Song of the Day
11/17/2015
Jim Beckmann

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Smith Street Swap Meet” by Morning Harvey from the 2015 self-released EP Love&Loveand.

Morning Harvey - Smith Street Swap Meet (MP3)

Based on what we've heard coming out of Australia lately, there's definitely something in its water - which, if you were to look at it, is probably a kaleidoscopic pool of swirling colors. Exemplary psych-infused rock bands seem to flourish from just about everywhere on the island continent, and just as there's a burgeoning scene in Western Australia with the many Perth bands associated with Tame Impala, over on the East Coast, in Brisbane, there's been a legacy of great rock bands including many names well known among KEXP listeners, like INXS, The Go-Betweens, The Veronicas, The Saints, Powderfinger and many others. More recently, singer and songwriter Spencer White and his friends formed psych-pop group Morning Harvey, channeling many of the aforementioned bands while also tapping into Brit-pop and shoegaze sounds from elsewhere in the Commonwealth. Brightening and tightening their lush fuzz pop on their second EP, Morning Harvey is ready to join Brisbane's list of heavy hitters with dazzling gems like the hook-filled first single, and today's featured song, "Smith Street Swap Meet", featuring ringing, reverb-drenched guitars, punchy Madchester beats, swirling keys and Spencer White's alluring, arena-ready vocal presence.

Morning Harvey isn't currently touring, but they are working on their forthcoming debut LP. They've recently released the glammy, Bowie-esque first single, "Lights Camera Gina", which you can listen to here. Look for more music and more about Morning Harvey on their Facebook page and be sure to check out the official video for today's Song of the Day below.

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