Quiet Lives by Morning Tourist is a collection of songs written and performed by Sean McKinney out of West London. The set of seven original songs was written over the course of several years and recorded in September of 2016 at Shenley Studios.
While the album overall is mixed with a full range of instruments, the artist intends for the set to be focused on the acoustic performance featuring just McKinney and his guitar. The album opens with the gentle tune “Night Owl.” The song soothes the listener into a relaxed state as the vocals and guitar combine in an almost hypnotic state.
“Alone Games” is slightly more upbeat than the opening song but still has the same gentle feel and folk-like undertone. The pace again is soothing and easy to follow. Beyond the folk influences there is also a retro ’60s feel to the music. This song would easily lend itself to a live performance. “Bajardo” continues this gentle and easy feeling with just enough of a retro feel to put the listener at ease.
The set takes a bit of an interesting detour with “Boomchasers.” This song has a bit of a country or almost bluegrass feel along with the folk influence. It's a song that sounds both familiar and unique if that makes sense. There is a definite tie to retro tunes of the ’60s but in a slightly different way.
“Traffic” was a quirky addition to the album and made me think of The Monkees. It was fun, more upbeat and just a great dance type tune. It also made me think of the old school surf movies where the band plays at a big bonfire in the big show stopping finale. This was by far my favorite song of the collection. “Great Things” continues this retro cool vibe but at a slightly slower pace.
“Rabbit Hole” ends the album with a closing that leaves plenty of room for another album. This subject is a bit darker than the other songs and seems to give a hint of a slightly different feel to the next set of songs. As we get to know the artist this song invites each listener to consider taking another look as they contemplate the adventures down the rabbit hole. This was the only song on the set with roots in the psychedelic.
Overall the album was enjoyable and each song was enough different to leave me wanting to hear more from the artist. I enjoyed the combination of folk with the classic ’60s rock and just a bit of a country feel.
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