The Morning Benders – “Excuses” & “Promises”

I realize I’m a little tardy on these guys, but their new album, Big Echo, did not endear itself to me too much when I first heard it a couple months back.  Fast-forward to this weekend which was spent putzing around the city (Central Park included) in some gorgeous summer weather and – presto-opinion-changed-O –  it clicked pretty hard.  The San Francisco-based quartet traffics the kind of earnest pop that siphons the magic of the late ’50s/early ’60s (think Roy Orbison and Phil Spector) while keeping one foot in modernity.  Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor co-produced the album which shouldn’t be surprising at all since The MB’s tunes share Grizzly Bear’s propensity for cavernous, esoteric chamber rock.  “Excuses” and “Promises” are both prime examples of The Morning Benders’ knack for combining these two worlds.

The video below is a jaw-dropping performance of “Excuses” with over a dozen of their Californian friends (Girls’ Christopher Owens and John Vanderslice among them).  As bandleader Chris Chu states in the beginning, its their attempt at recreating the fabled “wall-of-sound” forged by Phil Spector and the Wrecking Crew.

Big Echo is out now on Rough Trade.

Download MP3: “Excuses”

Download MP3: “Promises”

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