Whether or not the Morgues ever decide to pick up and take their show on the road, it almost doesn’t matter. The Brooklyn-based, partially Santa Barbara-born outfit, featuring frontman David King, drummer Daniel Lewis, Mathew Petronelli, Alex Scordelis, Asher Simon, Stephen Grywalski, and Amanda Tannen (of Stellastarr* fame), has been steadily pumping out delectable EPs and singles since early 2009, and each one has proved itself better than the one before it. The Morgues’ most recent offering, Thought He’d Never Leave, picks up right where last year’s three-song EP, Are Fast Cars left off, complete with lo-fi touches and somber guy-girl harmonies. On opening track “He Loves Me,” King leads a washed out, post-punk charge, channeling the early careers of genre icons like Gang of Four and Joy Division, while the EP’s centerpiece, “Geez Louise (Get Yourself a Room)” finds King and Tannen sharing vocal duties against a backdrop of fuzzy organs and brushed drums. It’s followed up by the bluesy ballad “My Baby’s Cleaning Up His Act,” a slow, brooding album ender that’s both understated and hauntingly wistful. It’s the kind of collection that sounds best in the confines of a small bedroom at night, and it’s one we’ll keep spinning ‘til the next comes down the pike.
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