My Morning Jacket’s new album The Waterfall is a spirital, chill-rock collection of songs that balance timeliness and permanence in a dreamy, visionary package – and we like it a lot. The band fell in love with the views and vibes at the Stinson Beach, California hilltop “Panoramic House” where The Waterfall was recorded, and this unique location affected their music on a lot of levels. Themes of spirituality are heard transitioning from questions to observations and understandings here, and there is an acceptance and appreciation of the many facets of life. The songs are complex and individual. The interplay between band members is easy and never forced. Our favorite track on the album is the last – Only Memories Remain – and it’s both a great song in itself as well as a conclusion to the journey taken through the album. If you haven’t checked out My Morning Jacket yet (like us) though they’ve been around for about 16 years, The Waterfall is a perfect album to start with. We’ve been listening non-stop to The Waterfall for the last week, and not only is it a fantastic album, it got us curious about My Morning Jacket and we’ll be spending next week checking out their other albums.