I’ll be the first to admit that I was worried when I heard that The Morning Benders were taking on a new name and a whole new sound. Having fallen in love with Big Echo, one of the first records that really resonated with my life, an intersection of time and place. Furthermore, I had never identified with the 90’s R&B that the band loved. Yet, I have to give credit to Chris Chu and the band as their first single “Keep It For Your Own” from their upcoming self-titled POP ETC features that tender songwriting intact, with clever hooks and the catchy recording experimentation that made Big Echo such a fun album to listen to. It’s produced by Dangermouse and you can grab the track on iTunes
Norah Jones has always been a class act, and this unusual pairing with Dangermouse, producer-extraordinaire on her latest album Little Broken Hearts has brought Jones into a whole new direction and whole new aural world of songwriting. On “Happy Pills” you’ll be hard pressed to find a better hook written between the two of them collectively, which says a lot. Your catchy song of the week. Backed by a crack session band that includes Blake Mills on guitar along with bassist Gus Seyffert and Joey Waronker, the overall vibe of the songs comes off like an updated Fleetwood Mac at times, with that golden California vibe and a thrilling little touch of mysticism.