Artist: The Morning Benders Track: "Promises" Album: Big Echo

Last time I checked in with The Morning Benders, it was on the strength of "Dammit Anna," a jangly, desperate song delivering a likable, if juvenile, type of angst. Surprise, surprise, then, with Big Echo, a giant leap into distinct voice, intelligent songwriting and expert orchestration.

"Promises" is a true indie-rock gem, which combines vintage elements of Dr. Dog and the hyper-self-consciousness of Vampire Weekend into something instantly gratifying.

They'll open for The Black Keys August 13 at the LC.