Kentucky Psych Rockers Morning Teleportation are back with a new album, Salivating for Symbiosis, the follow up to 2011’s Expanding Anyway – both Dead Audio must-listen albums. The band is on a short tour run and will make a stop at Lexington’s Cosmic Charlie’s on Thursday, Sept. 21. Dead Audio recently talked to the band to learn a little about how the album was created.

Morning Teleportation

With a six-year gap between albums we wondered if we’d only get one record from one of our favorite Kentucky bands. But that is addressed in the opening lines of “Rise and Fall,” the album-opener:

Thought about ending it all, so many times
Oh so many times
It’s not that time

For Salivating for Symbiosis, the band recorded for about a year in Portland, OR. enlisting Producer Jeremy Sherrer whose impressive credits include working on Modest Mouse’s Strangers to Ourselves, Grandaddy’s Last Place, and dozens more. Morning Teleportation also invited fellow musician friends to drop in and collaborate on the record. Throughout the sessions, musicians from Death Cab for Cutie, Mimicking Birds and fellow Kentucky Rockers Cage the Elephant came through to help flesh out the album.

Perhaps that’s where the symbiosis is found: Within the middle ground between great musicians, good friends and industry pros, where it all comes together to create something unexpected, spontaneous and just right, all at the same time.

Tiger Merritt of Morning Teleportation (Photo Cred: Kyle Cooper)

With a sound that is a little less screamy (think “Boom Puma”) and a lot more dreamy (listen to “Re-Wiring Easily”), Morning Teleportation has created what feels like a stellar B-side to Expanding Anyway, smoothing out their sound and allowing the instrumentation and lyrics to be the hero this time around. Many songs off Salivating have a heart in folk rock (love the banjos throughout), but the addition of psychedelic synths and horns take their sound to a new level, creating something that is wild, spontaneous and at many times beautiful.

The album opener, “Rise and Fall”, is a lyric-heavy, strumming guitar-led ballad.  This is a stark contrast from “A Cell Divides” a bass and pulsating-synth-heavy instrumental track that ends the record. These differences illustrate the range Morning Teleportation has always been capable of, and that with which Salivating for Symbiosis achieves.

You can catch Morning Teleportation in their home state at Lexington’s Cosmic Charlie’s on Thursday, Sept. 21. Tickets can be purchased here.