REVIEW: Good Morning TV - Good Morning TV

Kelly Kirwan

Bérénice Deloire has a softly-sighing voice, weaving it’s way across a dream-pop landscape. It's a kind of hypnotic undulation to which we’re lightly tethered, even as swarms of reverb add a touch of grit to the mirage that is Good Morning TV. Originally the independent project of our aforementioned French chanteuse, Deloire’s delicate voice was given the flourish of a full band with the gentle steering of producer (and audio mixer) Brad Bouveret.

The elements of psychedelia and shoegaze, which are Good Morning TV’s mainstays, create a nice point of tension throughout their four-track debut. Deloire maintains her breathy pitch as guitar notes stretch to a nasally edge, as if threatening to teeter off-key, while their amps fill with feedback from these fuzzy lines. It’s an ethereal atmosphere mixed with intermittent clouds of distortion, a dreamy form of consciousness that isn’t too far gone down into the realm of la-di-da.

Take "Advice for a Lonesome Boy," which begins and ends with an easy shuffle, garnished by off-kilter sounds like a low-floating wah-wah and a deep, growl-like rumbling—as if our antenna went askew and our signal was filled with an almost predatory static. Deloire’s voice enters roughly halfway through, pixie-like and layered. Her words blur together, light as a feather and lost in a rolling enunciation, but we’re still able to catch pieces of the advice promised by the title with an attentive ear ("And if you feel alone / And you just need a friend / I’ll be there") before she slips away, the beat inflating and then falling back into it’s initial, calmer step. It's as if Deloire were simply a figment in this varied spectrum of emotions, a whisper heard in moments of misshapen melody and stormy sentiment. 

The EP’s opener, "Ordinary People," thrives off piquant notes which seem to break off from their guitar and live on in spirals. Deloire’s lofty tone has the gentle lure of a siren’s song, which feels all the more apt when replaying her opening line, “And if you come closer,” which, of course, we do. How can we resist the hazy tranquility her trill offers? “Every time you leave me / I just get down on my knees,” Deloire implores, her words once against seeping into one another, as her lyrics nearly slip into the rough patches of the melody. This is Good Morning TV’s M.O.: a thrashing of instruments that thrive off a rough touch, and Deloire’s serene, breezy delivery as the eye of the storm.

Released under Requiem pour un twister, Good Morning TV’s first EP is a blend of lullaby singing and stormy instrumentals, an uncanny version of pop-rock that gets its claws in us quick. It exists in a state of checks and balances between lighter notes and darker, heavier backdrops, and we’re happy to have our attention and moods rock between these two facets. You will be too.