In the Air
It’s been two long years, but another installment of Morgan Page’s ever-evolving sound has finally arrived. Admittedly this is probably the album I’ve been most excited about for 2012, so I’m biased, but Morgan’s music is that perfect blend of sound and substance, and thus satisfies like few others can. What sets him apart is his fundamental ability simultaneously to move the body and the heart, to create a groove that drips sweat on the dance floor and still leaves you feeling like you did in your best slow-motion kiss. Now part of this is in fact due to his incredible roster of collaborators. Morgan somehow works with singer-songwriters that sound like no one you’ve heard before. The core of it all, however, remains the moody boy from Burlington, Vermont who clawed his way to the top the old-fashioned way. The gale force of In The Air began in 2011 with the collaboration title track with Sultan & Ned Shepard and BT, quickly becoming one of the year’s biggest dance tracks. Then “Body Work” dropped with Canadian indie band Tegan & Sara. And I peed. Overall the album features the same variety as 2008’s Elevate, but with a smoother sound and the lack of vocalist Lissie. Guests include Coury Palermo, Nadia Ali, Andy Caldwell, Jonathan Mendelsohn, Richard Walters, Shelley Harland, Shana Halligan and Greg Laswell.