Label: Rough Trade
The sizzle of needle hitting vinyl opens Big Echo, the Morning Benders' second disc. Playing with our emotions via nostalgia is a nice move that's made even nicer with "Excuses," a track whose retro sway and wall-of-sound rumble let the lusting for yesteryear linger. Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor produces, his presence every bit evident as sweet harmonies battle rising piles of rock and orchestral instruments. Frontman Chris Chu has some witty words ("Stuck in a mason jar, where I sealed up my heart/ I take it out once a week to donate to charity") to add to that indie-intellect charm.