While Talking Through Tin Cans was almost a Chu solo project, Big Echo relies fairly heavily on the whole group, with electric guitars replacing Tin Cans’ acoustics and dense, layered soundscapes reigning supreme throughout.
So yeah, Big Echo is a big album. Unfortunately, despite all the confidence and conviction the trio clearly display on their sophomore, they've still got a way to go before they can start playing with the big boys (despite opening for nearly all of them). The second half of the album drags a touch, with little variation on the sound they've so neatly captured. Tracks like 'Mason Jar', despite beginning strongly and sweetly (bonus points for the timpani), seem to amble about with little direction. The Morning Benders definitely are a band worth getting excited about. You just might have to wait a while before that excitement is fully satisfied.
Big Echo kicks off with " Excuses", a sunny, lilting little ditty that carries simultaneous debts to 1950s pop balladry and Sgt. Pepper's -inspired orchestral mania. The song is an easygoing and excellent introduction to the Benders' stylistic changes, and its charming melody serves as an adequate explanation as to how these guys got so many San Franciscan music notables into one room to perform the tune for videographers Yours Truly. Trending Now. Charly Bliss Rate Cats the Musical, Pixar, and Sonic the Hedgehog. The Morning Benders have already found a handful. Here's hoping they continue down the path illustrated on Big Echo 's gorgeous oil-painted album cover: into the unsure seas, and away from the relative safety of stable terrain.
The second studio full-length from The Morning Benders, released March 8th, 2010 on Rough Trade records. It was co-produced by Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor. Pitchfork’s Larry Fitzmaurice said: The album is a homecoming of sorts, as it finds the Morning Benders correcting their PacNW indie pop identity crisis in favor of a more coastal, kaleidoscopic California haze.
Summary: The indie rock trio from Berkeley, California, releases its first album on Rough Trade, which was produced by band member Chris Chu and Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. Record Label: Rough Trade. Genre(s): Rock, Alternative.
This second album marks a huge step forward for The Morning Benders following their 2008 debut Talking Through Tin Cans. That record was largely forgettable; its straight-forward approach to American indie-rock the sound of a band that lacked scope in ambition and song-writing, sounding five years out of date even at the time of its release.
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