Following their rousing emotive return with “Country,” Naarm / Melbourne indie-folk duo Good Morning share new single “Burning”, taken from their forthcoming album Barnyard, out October 22 via Polyvinyl.
A part Tweedy part “Taxman” leaning jaunt, “Burning” sees Good Morning capture the sense of dread felt by many across the nation and beyond, that in spite of the rising significance of taking action in activism, how draining that fight can be in the face of the blissful ignorance of world leaders. Over steady lounge piano chords, Liam and Stefan ruminate on existentialism, markers of success and purpose, to the climate crisis, before reaching its pensive pre-chorus “Some folks will swim and some folks will drown / Me I just hold onto to whatever I’ve found.”
Lifting the veil on “Burning’s” meaning, Liam shares “The lyrics for the song were written in the middle of recording at the end of 2019. We had been touring America for a month and a bit and then were doing a little recording in Chicago. The whole time we’d been looking back at Australia and you could just tell that the upcoming summer was going to be fucked. It was only September/October and already the fire season had begun and heat records were being broken all the time. There was an impending sense of doom that within a matter of weeks was completely justified.”
He continues “In Australia, there is this prevailing rhetoric coming from (the Prime Minister) Scott Morrison and the like that in the midst of a crisis isn’t the time to be talking about climate change or our country’s coal addiction, and that to do so would somehow be opportunistic or shallow. So when is the right time when the crisis is never-ending? When can we talk about it when both sides of our federal politics live in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, their silence and compliance bought while the clock ticks? There’s a necessary numbness that sets in as an occasional coping mechanism for being alive in this present moment. If you felt it all, all the time, you’d be crushed. This song isn’t an endorsement of complacency, but rather an admission that sometimes you need to disassociate for a minute before you can face up to the moment.”