The Secret Machines: Morning Becomes Eclectic 

Morning Becomes Eclectic is an "indie store exclusive," which means that, locally, the Record Exchange is the only place in town to pick up this mini-album. Featuring only six songs, this live album clocks in at just under 45 minutes. For a price tag of just $8, it's a steal. Recorded by KCRW for a live broadcast in Los Angeles on May 3, 2006, Morning Becomes was released in limited print. The Secret Machines are a trio from New York who have gained moderate success with their take on spaced-out pop/rock and a knack for hanging on a groove. Morning Becomes features the best songs from their two albums, which are blended together seamlessly. The drawback is their studio albums are so layered that when they play live, some of the more intense moments are lost or in the background instead of the front. When lead singer Brandon Curtis' vocals are on and the harmonies blend, the album reaches intense moments of, true to the title, eclectic music. Plus, for the price, you will be hard pressed to find something new that creates such an atmosphere in a room (I recommend large, loud speakers).

--Tyler Walker

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