Formerly known as The Morning Benders, Pop Etc’s Mixtape is to The Morning Benders’ previous discography what Discovery’s Discovery was to Vampire Weekend’s and Ra Ra Riot’s older albums. A simpler way of saying that is Mixtape is an electro-pop left turn for this formerly jangly, rock band. The vocal effects on Chris Chu’s voice offer some highlights and there are some neat arrangements, but all in all, this collection of songs pales in comparison to 2010’s Big Echo.
Why Pop Etc, you ask? Being the nice fellows they apparently are, the band changed their name upon hearing “Bender” is a gay slur in parts of Europe. Stream it below: