The aim of this weekly column has always been to find a song that epitomizes the wistful, gorgeous vibe that defines Sunday Morning Music. A lot of people do not know what they means, but we know it when we hear it. This week’s featured clip is “Giver,” a solo outing by Co-Pilgrim front man Mike Gale, and it is just sublime.
Inspired by masters of lo-fi acoustic song-writing Robert Pollard, Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Gram Parsons and Elliot Smith, Mike’s latest solo record, Another Planet — from which “Giver” is culled — is modern folk music with cues taken from classic pop, doo-wop and soul as well as shoegaze. Filled with winding, scattershot harmonies it mixes Brian Wilson’s sublime talent for a heart breaking melody with Justin Vernon and My Morning Jacket’s reverberant bliss. On home recording and the writing process, Mike says – “I need to keep writing and recording all year round – it keeps me sane! I write everyday but I’ve only recently started recording at home by myself.”
Visually, what we’re given as a minimalist palate is a scene of the sea on a grey, grey day. What a perfect backdrop to encourage imaginative extrapolation.
The new Co-pilgrim record Slows To Go is out on October 16th, 2015. In the meantime, enjoy!