The Morning Benders from San Francisco first caught my attention as they were/are on Hype Machine's most blogged artists. Always check out who's on top there to see what all the buzz might be about. Sometimes deserved, sometimes not so much so. In the case of Morning Benders I think it is well deserved. Their sound is being compared to that of the Beach Boys which is not typically my favorite (except for the originators), but they pull it off really well with a contemporary twist. Seems their upcoming album Big Echo coming out March 9th on Rough Trade is produced by one of the guys from Grizzly Bear. Now things come more into focus.
They've put out two tracks from the album for Free Download already and they are both pretty amazing. In particular 'Excuses' seems to be the stand out track with some gorgeous harmonies! Already being hailed as one of the best tracks of the year. It's still pretty early for that, but I can see why people are so excited.
Here are those plus a video of them performing 'Excuses' live with tons of musician friends packed in a room. Beautiful stuff!
MP3: Excuses - The Morning Benders
MP3: Promises - The Morning Benders