Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *
The urge to praise the spectacle of the new day is something that runs deep in our D.N.A., the terrors of the night is the inherited backlash from our primordial days of soup and mist and one that cannot be denied easily; the salute we offer to the hopeful sunshine ahead is the inner thought of Good Morning Sky, the persuasive chant that might guarantee a nice day and the memory to hold close when night rears its head again.
For Katie Spencer, the heavens and the horizon are crystal clear with her album Good Morning Sky, the gentleness supplied by the artist and the troupe of players that surround her throughout the five songs on the E.P. is heartfelt, a passionate whisper to the dawn and with the dare take me on growl to the darkness in us all.
With the ever enjoyable talent of Foss Paterson on keys, and Tim O’ Connor, Brian Young, Fraser Speirs and Ted McKenna performing with delightful intent and skill across the E.P and makes Katie Spencer’s touching melancholy and drive a daring response, a sense of drifting snow inside a raging storm, the sense of beauty that an iceberg brings when seen from a distance but with the knowledge of how it can break your heart if you should venture too close.
Good Morning Sky is firm, it is resolute and comforting, in songs such as Children (Don’t You Know), Moths To The Light and Can’t Resist The Road, that sense of fascinating reassurance is to be felt and grabbed hold of and as the relief swells in the mind, so too does the heart acknowledge that without the dusk, the dawn of the new day means nothing.
A wonderfully human set of songs, a cry of gentle anger hidden inside the sigh of enormity and forever; the welcome of the new day is always appreciated, it gives us hope that all things can be resolved and made clean and for Katie Spencer, it is offered with absolute generosity.
Ian D. Hall