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The Morning Benders: Big Echo
Buy! - (Rough Trade)
While this New York-via-Berkeley band’s 2008 debut album was a solid outing of sunny, Shins-influenced jangle-pop, they’ve opened up their sound considerably on their 2nd album to often-stunning effect. Co-produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Big Echo features an expansive psych-pop sound incorporating elements of ‘50s doo wop, Beach Boys, ‘60s girl groups and other kinds of nostalgic sounds for densely produced, imaginatively arranged songs highlighted by airy harmonies and sparkling melodies. 2/26/2010 - Don Yates