Today Good Morning - the Melbourne-based recording project of Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons - share their third album Basketball Breakups, alongside the video for 'Classic Quip'. Following previous standalone singles “Boy, I’m Just A Loser For Your Love” and “Take It Easy For Me, Stranger,” Basketball Breakups distils Good Morning into just over twenty minutes of scrappy, melodic, melancholy guitar music.
Also online today is the official music video for 'Classic Quip', an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album. Watch the video here.
Basketball Breakups was recorded over four humid summer days in a studio in Japan, self-produced and mixed, and mastered by Liam “Snowy” Halliwell. Blair and Parsons, who are joined by bandmates James Macleod and John Considine, sound truly at ease on these songs, which are mostly comprised of early takes. Named after the blissful “breakup dinner” at the end of a junior sports season, the spirit of that communal joy is alive on this album. While their previous album, The Option, was tightly rehearsed and made with the vision of a true rock record in mind, Basketball Breakups was recorded while it was arranged, on digital and tape.
There’s a sense of on-the-fly intimacy on this album. These songs are privy to anxiety and anticipation, the good and the bad kinds of extended reflection, and what the band term their first “requited” love songs. Ultimately, Basketball Breakups shows Good Morning at their most candid and their most understated - dealing in the poetics of everyday life with levity, grace, and grit.