Monday, October 1, 2012

REVIEW: Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber

Melody's Echo Chamber is the project of Melody Prochet, and is the product of the merger of two disparate styles.  Melody, a classically trained vocalist, was an instrumentalist for the pop band My Bee's Garden when she became enthralled by the scuzzy psychedelia, and in particular, the bass effects, of Australian rockers Tame Impala.  Subsequent discussions with Tame Imapala's Kevin Parker led to Kevin's production of Melody's debut LP in his home studio.  The result is Melody's Echo Chamber, a sonically intriguing and satisfying record of dream pop tinged with psychedelia and a bit of darkness.

"I Follow You" is the opening track --

The discerning dream pop fan likely will hear influences from Broadcast, Stereolab and even Cocteau Twins.  But this album manages to carve its own path, and no vocalist can be upset about a favorable comparison to Keenan, Sadier, or Fraser.  What is particularly good about the album is that Prochet and Parker didn't become fixated on a narrow style.  At times the tracks are characterized by layers of sound and, unsurprisingly, echoes.  At other times, the production yields space around the sounds, adding punch and a hard edge.

Here is the album's second track, "Crystallized".  Note the song's transition to distorted bass tones and a dominant rhythm at the 2:40 mark.

Melody's Echo Chamber is out now on Fat Possum in the US, Australia, Japan and New Zealand, and will be released in early November by Weird World/Domino in Europe.


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