Sugar & The Hi-Lows’ second record is nearly here, and it’s shaping up to be no sophomore slump. “Morning Joy,” the latest advance track from the rootsy Southern duo’s forthcoming High Roller, is a sweet and soulful slow burn that sounds like it could have just as easily been released decades ago. Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup trade heartfelt lyrics like a pair of smitten lovers, their gentle vocals underpinned by polished instrumentation and gorgeous orchestral flourishes.
A melodic, classic-sounding love song is exactly what the band set out to make with “Morning Joy,” says Dabbs. “When I think about the timeless songs that have moved me, most of them are straightforward, optimistic songs emphasized on melody—for example, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ or ‘Stand By Me.’ When we were recording High Roller it felt like we needed the quintessential love song to compliment all of the moods expressed in our record and that’s where ‘Morning Joy’ fits in.”
“High Roller as an album feels 100% us,” says Stroup. “I think it lives up to our band name—Sugar & The Hi-Lows—because the listener feels all of the varying emotions, from the highs to the lows and all the in-between.”
“Don’t stop moving closer to me,” Dabbs and Stroup harmonize over the swell of strings and the crash of cymbals. With tunes like this one, audiences are likely to listen.
Listen to “Morning Joy” in the player above. High Roller is set for a June 23 release on Ready Set Records. You can preorder the album via iTunes here.
Sugar & The Hi-Lows Tour Dates
18 – Nashville, Tenn. @ 3rd & Lindsley
23 – Vienna, Va. @ Jammin Java
24 – Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott
26 – New York, N.Y. @ Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2
27 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Milkboy
28 – Pittsburg, Pa. @ Club Cafe