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BIG ECHO is an album made to be played LOUD.It sounds great on headphones. The band that made it is called THE MORNING BENDERS.They recorded the album in San Francisco and mixed it in Brookyln. CHRIS CHU and CHRIS TAYLOR (Grizzly Bear)produced it in eleven days. On the twelfth day they rejoiced. There are 10 tracks on BIG ECHO which THE MORNING BENDERS think is best length for an album. It should also be said that BIG ECHO is made of some of the most glorious pop music you'll hear this year or any year. "Shouting into a valley. Big Shout: BIG ECHO".
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • ASIN: B00347ZYDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Morning Benders' Big Echo is both accessible and elusive. Much of the songwriting is simple: beautifully and thoughtfully crafted melodies sung beautifully, seamless transitions, etc. But the final products become much, much more. Every song is extremely layered, offering the listener a chance to discover something new even after multiple listenings. Ultimately, what results is a contrast between the songwriting and arrangements/production that pushes the listening experience into a different, more complex event. Definitely one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and I look forward to listening to it for years to come.
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The Morning Benders' Big Echo is both accessible and elusive. Much of the songwriting is simple: beautifully and thoughtfully crafted melodies sung beautifully, seamless transitions, etc. But the final products become much, much more. Every song is extremely layered, offering the listener a chance to discover something new even after multiple listenings. Ultimately, what results is a contrast between the songwriting and arrangements/production that pushes the listening experience into a different, more complex event. Definitely one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and I look forward to listening to it for years to come.
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Saw the videos for the Yours Truly Session on Youtube & loved it. Bought the album because of those songs. While the versions of the songs are good on the album, I liked the video a little more. It seemed a bit richer with all of the voices & instruments involved.
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I am a newcomer to this band from Berkeley CA. But I was an instant convert. Great pop hooks, but with a lot of eccentric things to keep you interested. I get the Phil Spector thing, but Brian Wilson / Beach Boys / Pet Sounds is what comes to mind for me. I say buy it! it's a refreshing difference to what is out there for American pop music.
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I love the Morning Benders' old school 50's sound. I saw these guys live once at Governor's Island in NY and I've been a fan ever since. Something about the packaging of this album though has been better than other vinyl's I've ordered through Amazon.
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Chris Chu started the Morning Benders as a solo project, recording his first EP, Loose Change, completely on his own. As a student at Berkeley in California, Chris soon joined forces with classmates Julian Harmon, Joe Ferrell, and Tim Or. The band's second EP, Boarded Doors, was released in 2007 and was received well by local publications, but still failed to gain much interest outside of the Bay Area. After taking a studio job to help finance a full length record, the band released Talking Through Tin Cans in 2008. With Chu handling most of the production and editing with the help of producer and engineer Patrick Brown, the new album garnered a surprising amount of success and was even named by iTunes as the best indie/alternative album of 2008.

Now, two years later, The Morning Benders are at it again; this time with more attention paid to the sounds and effects in the background while still maintaining their focus on the intoxicating melodies. One of Chu's goals for the record was to expand the band's sound in a style similar to Phil Spector's "wall of sound." The first track, "Excuses," does just that with a host of new instrumentation. Additionally, the album title, Big Echo, fits these new ideals beautifully. The band sounds much fuller with this release and a great deal of the credit should go to the reverb and echo that keep the listener's ears busy while also craving more.

Although "Excuses" is the clear single, the remainder of Big Echo flows brilliantly together. On slower tracks like "Pleasure Sighs" and "Mason Jar," the decreased tempos are balanced by increased dynamic range. It may sound experimental to some, but Chris Chu has clearly thought everything through on this record.
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Big Echo! Indeed. This 2nd studio release from The Morning Benders falls into a more modern, almost "Vampire Weekend-ish" indie/alt genre than most all music recommended on GoodTunesHub.com. But this larger-than-life production is beyond eclectic, is truly creative, blending momentous, clashing percussion with vibrant orchestration - choral, melodic respites intercepted by towering, thundering resonance. I don't even know what that means, but it seems to apply here. Personally, this sound is just outside my music comfy zone, but these songs are obviously so well written, the production so outlandishly creative, and so well performed that it really deserves to be heard.Great! album - really interesting stuff.

GENRES: Modern Rock, Indie.
BUY IF YOU LIKE: Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire.
MUST HEAR TRACKS: "Promises," "Excuses," "All Day Daylight."
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This reminds me very much of Phil Spector (as in the wall of sound as opposed to freakish wigs, murder or prison rape).

Excellent album. A number of great folksy indie tracks, the first number ("Excuses") really sets the tone. Ethereal, floaty, thoughtful... just right on the button.
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