One day after Valentine’s Day, I am in love. The reason being that I have become intimately acquainted with The Morning Benders’ sophomore album, The Big Echo. It is quite the maturation from their debut (though they’ve displayed they know how to catch one’s ear already), so much so that it’s refreshing to know it’s the same band producing this second batch of indie-pop goodness.
TMB’s debut was very good. But the mixture here could not be better. These tunes are just delicious. The easiest comparison to make — and it’s one that’s been made many times — is The Shins. The list of bands that The Morning Benders have played/toured with is both extensive and impressive, and it’s clear that they’ve picked up some pointers from the likes of The Kooks, Death Cab For Cutie and Ra Ra Riot.
Another one of those bands is Grizzly Bear, and The Big Echo is produced by GB’s Chris Taylor. You can hear a bit of Grizzly Bear’s sound on The Big Echo, and the band’s output is all the better for it. I’ll provide a track from The Morning Benders’ debut, Talking Through Tin Cans, to give an idea of the kind of growth they’ve undergone between recordings.
“Excuses” By The Morning Benders (From The Big Echo, out later this year on Rough Trade)
“Promises” By The Morning Benders (From The Big Echo, out later this year on Rough Trade)
“Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)” By The Morning Benders (From The Big Echo, out later this year on Rough Trade)
“Dammit Anna” By The Morning Benders (From Talking Through Tin Cans, out now on +1 Records)
“Patient Patient” By The Morning Benders (From Talking Through Tin Cans, out now on +1 Records)
Thanks to Rough Trade Records and Yours Truly for this fantastic video of a performance of Excuses. Wow.
Remember The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”? The Morning Benders covered it. And again, it’s awesome.