Here it is, pop 2010's big Bertha: The Morning Benders' Big Echo. Streaming in its entirety, the Rough Trade release by the young Californians who've now come east is a sunburst. Skip ahead to track four, "Cold War," our favorite short little number, clocking in under two minutes for easy repeat play. It has harmonies for days. These dudes had to have been in middle school chorus. Chris Taylor, oboe master of Grizzly Bear produced this one, and it's got his folksy touch, in love with the various sounds of pretty twang. This album could have been called Barbershop Quintet (in the Best Sense, Seriously): But We Love Guitars, Too!.
March 02, 2010