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The Morning Birds / Press

"It's fantastic... a beautiful piece of work."

"A sedated lounge ode laced with lush pop, smoky jazz, and Thorington’s velvet vocals."

"There’s a thin line between innovative and pretentious, and everyone has kept just to the right side of that line with this collab. The original song, which opens the album, has just enough attitude of it’s own to keep it from getting lost in the mix, with lush, deep vocals and layer upon layer of synth and drums and bass. Whether it’s in the slow-building and jagged Spring Bloom or the carefully produced synth of Winter Bloom, the song leaves almost endless room for abstraction and lush reimagination... twenty-two minutes of carefully constructed, intelligently written, and perfectly complementary tracks that will hold an appeal to everyone. Innovation over pretension every time."

"The original track is a mind blowing jazz, trip-hop odyssey that itself won’t be released till the EP drops. For now, we can satiate our hunger with Dimond Saints’ hypnotic rendition"

"From its first Beach Boys-like chorale, Bloom reaches deep down for something otherworldly. To describe the Morning Birds’ sound as ethereally electronic would be a vast injustice, as it sprinkles in jazz, “global lounge pop,” even shades of doo wop. It’s a vibe that many bands in the Williamsburg scene and otherwise reach for but never grasp. There’s something genuine and heartfelt in the Morning Birds’ music, even if it’s buried between layer after layer of instrumentation and vocals. It ably conveys a nuanced feeling, hard to do with historically cold and robotic electronica, but somehow, the Morning Birds & Co. pull it off. It seems like purple prose to call this a landmark album, but it might just become one that, years from now, is cited by up-and-comers as a major underground influence."

"The Morning Birds' latest release is an eclectic genera-bending mix soothing club beats and overlaid vocals. BLOOM captures the essence of summer with hypnotic rhythms and overlaid vocals. Each song on the six-track album bears a reference to nature—Bloom, Indian Summer, Winter Bloom, Spring Bloom, Fall Bloom and Summer Bloom. The album is a laidback listen perfect for a sunny afternoon or a midmorning break."

"The Morning Birds provide these remixers with an excellent song full of space for anyone to make it what they want. Each song could stand on its own, but works better as a union. In 22 minutes, The Morning Birds have achieved what many have tried and failed to do—to produce a concept album that’s cohesive, coherent and interesting throughout. They bring a jazzy doo-wop, lounge-pop aesthetic to an indie scene that’s in desperate need of their brand of chillscape music."

"... spiritually lush track “Bloom,” resulting in a heavenly crescendo of acidic arpeggios and vibey vocals."

"They definitely have an established persona and sounds that are quite unique to themselves. A mix of folk, pop, and psychedelia gives The Morning Birds their own big chirp in the indie music scene."

"One of my favorites is Knife & Fork's Spring Bloom. It's a more organic mix of the already down to earth single, while tweaking the jazzy air into a more primitive sound. It might be a little too rugged for some, but its own contrast is worth sticking around for. It's weird, it sticks out and calls for curious listeners. With the instrumental samples swirling around in the background and the bass appearing in a different melody than the track does altogether, it prevents itself from finding monotony. That may not be for everyone, maybe a house beat or trap-y bass suits you better. The rest of the EP proves itself willing to satisfy masses. You might like the effort as a whole like me, or you might like a single impressive remix, but odds are you'll like something if you give it a fair listen."

"...a dark future bass sound featuring reverb vocals and plenty of atmospherics–perfect for after the sun sets."

"The remixers, Dimond Saints, Invisibles, Knife & Fork , Prizm Prime, and OptiX, all brilliantly showcase their unique takes on the original song, while keeping intact Jennifer Thorington's enchanting vocals and The Morning Birds' smooth, jazzy feel."

“The Morning Birds make anthems for a glass-half-full lifestyle. Intricate, layered pop that compels you to take the journey with them. Surrender to This, their most recent release, is a mixed-bag of sixties psych-folk, modern day electro-pop, laid-back hip-hop rhythms, and reggae swagger. This is music for those looking for a good time.”

"An acidic bassline and some wispy effervescence. Matched with the enchanting, bewitching vocals of the California duo, we’re left with something that feels magical and fantastical."

"There's a few good reasons as to why I'm vibing with The Morning Birds. The first is obvious. Their music is really good with their very unique blend of alternative pop and sort of jazzy doo-wop. The second reason is literally because these two, Jennifer & Samuel Idyllwild, are way cute and super rad. The third reason is probably the most important reason of all to me because your boy is in touch with the moon... All the songs off their new EP are being released on days of astrological significance (Solstice, New Moon, Full Moon, New Moon, Super Moon). The final remix will be released on the Super Moon on August 10 and the physical album available the following Tuesday, Aug 12. How dope is that?"

"The mysterious Dimond Saints re-imagined the track for Summer’s fading light, and the result is "Indian Summer Bloom (Dimond Saints Remix)". The video, appearing here for the first time, was produced by the Frazier Drake photography team, and features time-lapse footage taken in the band’s Idyllwild hometown."

"The EP bleeds eclecticism."

"All sorts of perfection written all over it. The remix still allows the melody to lead while rattling out the track with minimal asphyxiation, retrying an atmospheric pressure rather than reconstructing the entire song."

"It has been a few years since we last heard from the duo of Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus, known as The Morning Birds. They return on August 12 with a new EP entitled "Bloom." It features six remixes of the song with different electronic beats and jazzy rhythms that relax more that entice the need for movement. Beginning with "Bloom (Root Mix)," you are swept up by the harmonizing vocals and steady backbeat highlighted by the horns of Dan Gonda. While "Indian Summer Bloom (Dimond Saints Remix)" has a more club beat, it looks to allow your mind to melt your troubles away as you get lost in the music. The most upbeat tempo comes with "Winter Bloom (Invisibles Saves Her Soul Remix)" as the rhythm rings like a heartbeat pumping through your system. The electronics overtake "Summer Bloom (OPTIX Night Breeze Remix)," while the closer "Fall Bloom (Prizm Prime White Light Remix)" has that jazziness that perfectly matches the ambient feel of the vocals."

"A mix of jazz and funk, with a splash of deep house, catering to the music palettes of many."

"High-edged snares carry the remix’s lush cut up bass line back to the days of retro-funk, and as the song filters down, the vocals of Jennifer Thorington slowly cut in. Theres something about this woman’s voice that has me immediately transported to a new realm of introspection, but as OptiX filters the drums, Thorington’s voice’s blend of spirituality and velvet texture becomes even more apparent than in the original. Constantly rising, this remix’s energy is continuously elevating you to another plane."

"An extremely nice vibe."

"Sounding like an earthier, silkier version of Wild Belle, the Bloom EP is comprised of one eponymous song but accompanied by five different remixes, each representing a different time of the year—Indian summer, winter, spring, summer, and fall. It may just be the power of suggestion, simply because they’re telling you what season each remix is meant to represent, but each version does indeed sound so remarkably accurate and fitting, if one were to take the names off and ask a listener to decide which corresponds to each season, undoubtedly the listener would be able to figure it out. Each one is so unique and different in its own way that you just may find yourself listening to the entire thing the whole way through without realizing you’ve been listening to the same song six times. It’s really that good."

"One thing this album does quite well is the integration of this retro aesthetic into the songwriting. The title track features a Latin-flavored guitar strum and hand claps that are so Beatles circa 1964, while “Born to Be Alive” is a fun, up-tempo song with a strong rockabilly flair."

Consequence of Sound

“Waves of sound wash through the air asking for our attention to their song. And that’s not difficult, Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus write beautiful music together. Every moment and opportunity for melody is exploited with joyful results. Their newest EP, Surrender to This, takes cues from Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” production approach. The songs are BIG. They spare no moments to impress their inherent beauty upon the listener.”

"If there ain’t something in that little lot to get you shimmying, you ain’t got ears."

“Born To Be Alive skips along on the back of a groove so funky that it sounds like it was kidnapped from a 1970s New York disco and dragged into the new Millennium. Add the doo-wop harmonies and slinky percussion and we have a song that is so sure to put a smile on your face it could come with a money back guarantee.”

“There are some current bands out there forging the road ahead after the deep slumber of the early 2000′s, namely LA’s The Morning Birds who’s songstress has a similar bravado.”

"...they write pure, fantastic songs reminiscent of the best male-female duos in modern music’s history. They have the pure joy of life present in Matt and Kim, the polish of She and Him and the intensity of the White Stripes."

“ The Morning Birds cinematic tones make you feel as if you're floating on a cumulous cloud at daybreak being transported to another time and place like a willing Dorothy and Toto. 'The Quickening' weaves Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus' stunning vocals around a complex yet comforting piece of sublime pop - call the control center and ask for clearance 'cause this one makes me want to break into airplane pose and fly away.”

"Surrender To This, as much ecclectic as it is heart-warming, is a very unique album. Even the slower songs feel like a “warm summer rain”"

Feelgood Indie

"...they create soundscapes that paint a perfect summer picture positive beats that remind me of a day in the sand. The Morning Birds know how to create a feel-good vibe, and their latest record Surrender to This is backing that statement up."

Pens Eye View

“The duo of Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Markus have created one of the most creative independent music groups of the last two years.”

"The key choices and dynamic shifts are fascinating, and the harmonies dance all over... “Surrender To This” by The Morning Birds is an excellent release with tracks that reach brilliance. You can’t ask for anything more than that."

"They make running a music site like this worthwhile and however overwhelmingly biased we are towards them, we will not make any apologies. Check them out, they are delightful, its official."

Beehive Candy Jan 2012

“It is one of those records that has gradually grown and grown on us and is full of lovely harmonies and rich, warm instrumentation that reminds us of duos like She & Him, but is altogether more joyful and uplifting – these two are what we would have once called hippies, and they are all the better for it!”

“It is quite an interesting stew, mixing diverse styles and musical instruments that combine to make a sound that is very innovative yet warm enough to melt your heart. There is much more here than just good music. There is meaning in the lyrics to help the listener focus on what is most important, staying centered and giving in to what your heart tells you is right.”

“The Quickening has slyly seduced us over the past few days and weeks with its infectious blend of sunny harmonies and groovy rhythms.”

“For those who like: Imogen Heap The LA duo combine beats and piano for an intriguing hybrid.”

“Yet another Kohoutek band to look forward to: L.A. based alternative/indie rock duo the Morning Birds. Definitely stripped down kind of rock sound, not too many bells and whistles which is a superbly nice change of pace”

“The co-ed duo consists of Jennifer Thorington and Samuel Marcus who complement each other’s comforting vocals. ...a good option for setting the mood after coming home from a lively Saturday night...”

“It's great to hear varied production tactics, and these guys employ them nicely. ... easy with layered vocals and smoky with emotion. If the Doors were still releasing albums, these songs would be on it.”

“The infectious tune and the playful, vibrant images combine to make “It’s Then You’ll Know” a video you’ll just have to share.”

“Inspiration Point is one of those few albums you can listen to straight through without any songs grating on your patience. I like the exclusive blend of tones and layered vocals they use; a unique style that is hard to categorize, which is one of their strongest features.”

“Daily Download”

“Hearts Desire feature”

“Check out a track from The Morning Birds that includes thunderclaps as percussion and the chant-sounding vocals of Thorington and Samuel Markus. http://www.indierockcafe.com/2011/05/fresh-tracks/”

"Understanding" is lovely and unrushed, like an evening spent under the stars...

The Sixty One

"...the soft harmonies really stand out above the rhythmic drumming that seemingly ensures the pace is kept up before we softly drift away to something quite beautiful."

“If The Morning Birds were Bee’s they would defiantly be workers, because of what they are doing over time to build their brand. Unlike your typical music group; they are artist, designers and film makers. The Morning Birds are the one stop shop for anything you could ever ask for from a group in the music world”

“Hollywood's, The Morning Birds, are a polished and professional band spouting art at every turn. Its part folk, part rock, and all accessible.”

“Love Belongs To You" is a landscape washed clear with plaintive yearning, and 3 part harmonies..."”

“Heart Connection... "nice harmonies, retro kicker..."”