New Morning Benders – “Promises”

Time figures heavily into the twinkling, groovy swell of “Promises,” the lead single from the morning benders’ Big Echo, and it is decidedly not on their side: “I can’t help thinking we grew up too fast / and I know this won’t last a second longer than it has.” A lot of the writing on the forthcoming, impressively consistent and endlessly catchy Big Echo is set in that ineffable state of yearning and pensiveness that comes with coming of age, tightly packaged in clever if simply constructed pop. The album’s co-produced by the band’s main mind/songwriter Chris Chu and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, whose sonic stamp teases out the sophisticated side of the benders’ erstwhile straightforward jangle. Think of Taylor’s work with Department Of Eagles: subtly surreal tics outlining and underwriting whimsical and heartworn poses, with one foot in James Mercer’s melodic stylings, occasionally as morose but often punchier and more sparkly than anything in the Shins’ narrow chutes and inverted worlds. Download this, and keep ears peeled for the rest of Big Echo: Despite their promise, it’s better than anticipated. Rough Trade and True Panther snatched them up for this one, which, smart move Rough Trade and True Panther.

the morning benders – “Promises” (MP3)

Big Echo is out 3/9 via Rough Trade. “Promises” is on sale digitally 1/12 via iTunes with a 7″ due 2/23 via the excellent True Panther Sounds, home of Girls, Glasser, etc. Preorder here.

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