Listening to the new single, “Sleeping in a Hammock,” from Canadian three piece The Morals is like following a winding yellow brick road — yet finding gold at the end of the road instead of the Wicked Witch of the West. With its thought-provoking lyrics and winding feel changes, I would not be surprised if it became an indie “song of the summer” staple for 2013.
Vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist, Hollie Hobby sings with a voice that has Florence and the Machine-like in intensity, yet with the delicacies and nuances of Feist. However, to make this clear, she sounds like neither of those two indie artists. Her voice is its own unique entity. Not only do The Morals pack a vocal punch, their lyrics are equally captivating as she sings:
Make me an offer that I just cannot refuse,
Send me off so that I’ll figure out my use,
I’ll have another lover, and I won’t regret a thing.
Based on these lyrics, one could assume that this song is darker and heavier in nature; however, this is not the case. The song travels through changing feels with help from recently acquired drummer, Dan Trickett, and vocalist/acoustic guitarist, Todd Jeffery, and ends up with a bouncy, happy-go-lucky nature as Hobby and Jeffery sing in carefree harmony:
Watch while I go, see as I am,
Through these darker stages, in a marching band,
Watch while I go.
Not only is this section incredibly memorable, its slightly reminiscent of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes due to an ending full of catchy hooks and an insatiably happy feel. And while their vocals are each distinctive, Hollie Hobby and Todd Jeffery’s vocals complement each other like cold water complements a person in the scorching summer heat.
But be warned — this lady has a powerful set of pipes and isn’t afraid to use them. Although she seems to have a little more restraint than in The Morals debut album, Music Tree Life Understanding (2012), that showcased The Morals’ ability to communicate with a raw emotional intensity rarely seen in popular music today.
This makes me wonder: Is Hollie merely holding out for a bigger surprise in their next album? While we can’t know for sure, this is certain: If the rest of their upcoming album is anywhere near as good as this single, it’s going to be one hell of an indie folk album.
Give “Sleeping in a Hammock” a listen: