Review: Only In The Mornings

February 17, 2010 by  
Filed under FCG, Reviews

One of the happiest atmospheric audio discoveries I’ve made in this life is the sound of rain falling on to the weatherproof coating of my tent as I lie, huddled in my sleeping bag, breathing shallowly and listening (in the otherwise total silence) to the near/far, soft/intense liquid sounds, hoping that they stop soon, whilst hoping they will never end.

That kind of breathless audio bubble, the moment of sound that surrounds and comforts and lasts for so very long, was recently recreated for me by an altogether different, but equally atmospheric source.

The recording entity known as Only In The Mornings eased its way in to my ears in a stealthy, breathless style that held me captive and made me want to wrap myself up in its sound.

You know how you feel when you just want to spoil yourself?

You don’t want the TV on because that would be too intrusive. Instead, you want your comfortable jeans, a hot drink, a bar of chocolate, a good book, subdued lighting and some cotton-wool music to complete the self-centredness.

You know those times?

Well the next time that happens to you, the music you need to have is ‘Exhausted Not Asleep’ from the EP Hubert by Only In The Mornings. Or maybe ‘Trapped Windows’ by Only In The Mornings. Or maybe my very favourite piece of selfish wrapping-up music, ‘Fljótavík’ from the album Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust by Sigur Rós

That’s how much I rate the atmospheric, soothing, ethereal qualities that Brian Ward, aka Only In The Mornings brings to ease my troubled head. His beautifully constructed, underplayed musical melodrama – in content and performance – makes his work stand out from so many other artists who are vying for the same ground.

You can hear ‘Trapped Windows’ in episode 102 of This Reality Podcast, but when you do listen, you should keep in mind that everything you hear comes from just one person.

Keep your ears open, I’m sure there’ll be more of Brian Ward/Only In The Mornings in future podcasts. It has to be an easier way of surrounding yourself in audio cotton-wool than getting in to your tent in the rain!

Website: http://www.myspace.com/onlyinthemornings

Brennig Jones.

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This Reality Podcast: No 102

February 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Shows

Episode 102: 41 minutes running time

Hello! We return from our week off – 101 shows and one week off! – and we bring you excellent music and commentary too!

Talkie bits:
* We’ve made a couple of minor changes to the show; the Cheese Game will be moved to just after the 2nd track and we are collecting phone numbers and Skype addresses so we can call you and get you on the show! Interested? Just let us have your details!
* We’ve had an email from an angry listeners who tells us we didn’t say ‘fuck’ enough in the last show. There’s really no pleasing some people!
* And we’ve had an email from Nick, who is the tallest person in the world. Probably.
* Masses of love for the Radiohead cover by Hanson we played last week.
* Men At Work being found guilty of copyright infringement. Sad news!

You want more? Really?

How about the musical goodness that this week includes:
1. Expatriate, Blackbird (http://www.myspace.com/expatriateband)
2. Only In The Mornings, Trapped Windows (http://www.myspace.com/onlyinthemornings)
3. White Rabbits, They Done Wrong / We Done Wrong (http://www.myspace.com/whiterabbits)
4. The Parlotones, Sun Comes Out (http://www.myspace.com/theparlotones)

About this production:
As ever, this show was recorded *live* in Studio L in rural Oxfordshire and recorded in one take with no after-show editing or post-production mucking about. While we were sitting in the studio recording the show we were also Twittering live. Why don’t you come on over and follow the podcast on This Reality Podcast twitter feed.

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