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The Morning Benders – Big Echo

The Morning Benders - Big EchoThe Morning BendersBig Echo (Rough Trade)

For their second full-length, the Morning Benders enlist the help of Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) to help manage the blinking lights with frontman Christopher Chu, turning Big Echo into a meticulously crafted pop gem.

Sure, there are moments of Taylor’s influence, but they’re restrained, allowing Chu to assert his influence (after all, Morning Benders did begin as Chu’s solo project) which is a very wise choice as he possesses a strong sense of melody and a very deep concentration with arrangements.

Big Echo is more than just another fine entry in the overflowing talent pool that is the Northwest Indie Pop scene; it may be the first example of that gene pool heading east to mix their Beach Boys lovin’ harmonies with the lysergic eating ways of the Northeast Neo psychedelic weirdos.

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Album Streams: White Stripes, Ted Leo, Pavement, more

Tune in!NPR is streaming the following:

The White Stripes, ‘Under Great White Northern Lights’ (through March 16)

Broken Bells’ self-titled debut (through March 30)

And AOL/Spinner is streaming the following new releases through Sunday, March 14:

Broken Bells, 'Broken Bells' (Sony)

Gorillaz, 'Plastic Beach' (EMI)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, 'Brutalist Bricks' (Matador; MP3, MP3)

Pavement, 'Quarantine the Past: Greatest Hits 1989-1999' (Matador; MP3)

More streams below. Let us know if you hear anything good.

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The Morning Benders – Crosseyed

Double-tracked vocals, catchy-as-hell melody, and tambourine—this is how you channel mid-60s pop in the modern world. Dig it.

MP3: The Morning Benders – “Crosseyed”

Great video for the acoustic version of this song: The Morning Benders – “Crosseyed” (Acoustic)

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