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Music Discovery Tuesday: Perfect End-of-Summer Beach Listening

Posted on August 10 2010 9:30 pm
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When I think of perfect summer music, I envision accessible, breezy tunes that are suitable both in the background or with the volume cranked up – something to listen to in the car with all the windows down or with a cold drink and some buddies on the beach.  Bob Marley, the Beach Boys, and Creedence Clearwater Revival immediately come to mind.  Here’s a new one for the summer rotation: “Big Echo” by the Morning Benders.

The title and cover art pretty much sum up the sound and feel of this album.  Expansive, cavernous sound that’s perfect for a lazy day on the beach.  Take a look:

Produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear (a band you should also check out if you’re not already familiar with them), the entire album sounds like it was recorded in an enormous concert hall, complete with some pretty impressive use of strings on the opening track, Excuses. “Big Echo” is one of those rare albums that is both accessible and complicated.  You may find one or all of the first four tracks sneaking into your head, but the rest of the album is a little more elusive.  This song progression fits in quite well with the transition of summer into fall, or even with the waning hours of a late afternoon by the ocean (or lake, or pool, if you’re not on a coast).  This album should really be listened to in its entirety, and I can assure you that experiencing this album cover to cover will be time well spent.

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