Manor – “The Morning Has Gold In Its Mouth”


Psychedelic guitar tones and soulfully suave vocals lead the stellar “The Morning Has Gold In Its Mouth,” a track from Australian act Manor. Serene vocal entrancement contrasts enjoyably with pulsing guitars to start. The sporadic nature of the rhythm section plays intriguingly, gearing to the scorching reprisal just prior to the one-minute mark. Thereafter, a flickering organ signals a dreamy bridge, with whispery vocals gearing toward gradual guitar licks and gradually booming bass line delectability. “The Morning Has Gold In Its Mouth” impresses with its stylistic confidence, sharp production, and captivating melodic pull.

The band writes the following, regarding the track’s background:

“It has always been interesting to view “The American Dream” from afar; the insatiable appetite for success that informs the choices and aspirations of the Super Power of the Western World. This song was written during the 2016 election when it seemed absolutely baffling that Trump was running for President, let alone that he won. It’s not trivial, but somehow it didn’t seem real. It was like another TV show streaming “same day as the US” but the consequences have been devastating for many.

We now know that it is not sustainable. Consumerism, materialism, capitalism. All of this leading to millions homeless, left behind and forgotten by their own government. At least, that’s what it looks like from afar.”

“The Morning Has Gold In Its Mouth” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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