Morning Smoke – ‘In Euphoria’ | Album Review


Their sound described as ‘Ian Curtis backed by the Foals playing the 4AD back catalogue’, Brighton’s rock quartet Morning Smoke are set to release their debut mini album ‘In Euphoria’ digitally on May 4th with the official launch taking place at The Great Escape Festival on the 8th.

Members of Morning Smoke range between eighteen and nineteen years of age with Max Wright and Milo McNulty both originally from Bath having been writing together for three years, yet upon listening to their gripping ‘noise pop’ songs which burst through the modern walls of music, you instantly sense a level of such high expertise and maturity that it’s hard to believe they haven’t been signed to a deal. Backed by the likes of Radio 1, Q Magazine and Artrocker who have tipped them as a band to watch in 2014, Morning Smoke have produced a staggering debut that charts what the band have achieved to date.

‘In Euphoria’ comes as six songs and ones of guts, rawness and maturity. Opening track ‘DYWD’ arrives fully charged with bullet rolling drums and slick sliding guitar riffs smoked by haunted vocal tones. ‘Melancholy’ is almost the opposite, with a slow guitar intro and calmer drums but with vocals silky yet stretched and echoed to form their signature sound. Morning Smoke create such an intense atmosphere, dark but full of flare at the same time. ‘Blue Ribbon’ is blisteringly stylish, sliding instrumentals well worked and energetic, while the moving piano ballads of title track ‘In Euphoria’ transcend into rupturing atmospheric dark rock in the final third, captivating the band’s maturity and brink into adulthood.

Morning Smoke’s sound is so raw and reckless that you won’t be able to keep yourself still. ‘In Euphoria’ presents itself in such high magnitude, carrying the band’s achievements, raw sound and representing the very best of traditional rock.

Check out title track ‘In Euphoria’ right here: