Author Archives: Dylan Portelance

Album Review: The Morning Benders – Big Echo

From Phil Spector to The Beatles, taking simple lyrics and adding sonic complexity below has been a formula for success. The wall of sound, a hodgepodge of washed out guitars, strings, horns and countless other forms of aural amusement, empowers bands to communicate triumphs and tribulations galore. Berkeley’s The Morning Benders, with the help ofRead more…

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Album Review: Fang Island – Fang Island

To begin, the vinyl player crackles. Synths mixed with electric guitar crescendo tonally but haphazardly in fanfare, only to disappear in favor of vocal harmonies. Majestic, folk-like vocals set the stage. Triumph and pride resonates with the opening lines, “They are all within my reach/ they are free.” But enough of that little prelude —Read more…

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