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Big Echo
Morning Benders
Big Echo
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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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 (...  more »

     
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All Artists: Morning Benders
Title: Big Echo
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rough Trade Us
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Re-Release Date: 3/9/2010
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 883870056625

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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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CD Reviews

Spatial Experimentation at its finest
Jeff Loudon | Nashville, TN | 03/11/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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. Comparisons were drawn to the Beach Boys on their first album and while there are still a few glimpses of Brian Wilson's trademark magic hidden in the mix, The Morning Benders have created a sound that is very much their own and will please both independent and mainstream markets.

Similar Artists: The Shins, the Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend

Track Suggestion: Excuses"
Excellent pop/something more
Jay James | the bay, ca | 03/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."