Underground college radio fans all over the United States and Europe have been buzzing about the trippy, sparse “post-doo-wop” of Idiot Glee. Here in Lexington, Kentucky, the creative force behind Idiot Glee, James Friley, can often be seen poking his head into local shows and playing Al’s Bar, but he will soon be embarking on a tour of England and New York City in support of Idiot Glee. James grew up in the Church along with his brother, Ian Friley, who has graced our pages and podcast before as Good Morning Passenger, and found a measure of success with his previous band, bedtime. James admits he doesn’t obsess about God as much as he obsesses about music, and hasn’t been to Church in while (we’re working on that), but James still has to defend the Church in interviews and explain to people why he doesn’t drink. In this interview, James talks about his upcoming tour, his varied influences, and his relationship with the Church. Highly recommended. Continue reading “Idiot Glee”
Good Morning Passenger, released on the Slow Owl label, is the first full album by Ian Friley, who releases music under the name Good Morning Passenger. Ian has a knack for creating dreamy washes and soundscapes, underscored by humble yet driving rhythms, and wrapped up in catchy, accessible packages. He comes from a similarly talented family: his brother is Idiot Glee and Bedtime keyboardist, songwriter, and singer James Friley.
Good Morning Passenger is a surprisingly full, textured, and clear artistic statement, despite being composed of just eight tracks. It is a brutally honest, hypnotic album, a must-have for deep thinkers, and hopefully it is the beginning of a long life of writing and recording from Ian Friley. I simply love this album. Continue reading “Good Morning Passenger – Good Morning Passenger review”
One of my favorite musicians online is one who has the greatest humility of all. I know him as Ian, but he goes by Good Morning Passenger. His songs literally carry you away in their gradual, soft, shifting way, and I love the way his melodies compliment the rhythms so well. Good Morning Passenger is not a touring band- it’s just Ian and his tunes that he records himself. But make no mistake, these songs are top-notch, and if I had anything to do about it, he’d be on tour right now.
These are the types of songs that just transport you elsewhere. If I could adequately describe how much I love the song “Empty Beds” you wouldn’t believe me. Highly recommended.