New | January 28, 2014
Elbow – New York Morning


This past weekend, Elbow premiered the lead single from their new album, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything. Inspired by lead singer Guy Garvey’s recent move from Manchester to New York, “New York Morning” is a gorgeous tune that picks up where 2011’s fantastic Build A Rocket Boys! left off. In the newest edition of Q Magazine, Garvey states that he is “having an intense love affair with Brooklyn” and goes on to admit that he could never live in Manhattan, needing “the option of a cozy pub and a quiet chat.”

Relatively unknown in the United States despite selling out arenas in the UK, winning the Mercury Prize in 2008 and having 9-1 odds of headlining Glastonbury 2014, Guy Garvey found his quiet and cozy pub in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he wrote “New York Morning” as a diary entry while people watching in anonymity. He also explained in a recent interview on BBC Radio 2 that he drew inspiration from John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s move to New York, where they could escape the British press.

In a further tribute to New York, the accompanying music video for “New York Morning” features the story of a couple that was raised by the New York music scene. The couple discusses everything from their first date to their friendship with the Ramones and their failure to pick up a hitchhiking Andy Warhol on a street corner.

Whether you love or hate New York, check out the touching video for “New York Morning” below. Elbow’s sixth album, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything comes out on March 10th via Fiction Records.