Echaskech - Origin
Just Music (UK)
On 'Origin', their third album for Just Music, Echaskech have introduced new sonic sources including analogue hardware, live percussion, field recordings, piano plus bass and acoustic guitar – all underpinned with good old fashioned software synthesis and sound design.
'Origin' was created to be otherworldly yet organic in theme, to conjure up images of distant places alongside themes of exploration and habitation of new worlds. The results straddle multiple genres with a sound that refuses to be easily defined in general terms yet retains a distinct epic and melodic slant.
At times it bristles with clarity, at others fizzes with warmth. Shiny, strident percussion accompanies atmospheric catchy hooks whilst tunes such as 'Anomie', 'Scanners' and 'Paper Scissors' mutate and twist delivering unexpected turns of mood as they progress.
Overall, it's an album of multi-faceted and varied hues - melodic, epic, cerebral (yet never overly obscure or complex) with a thoroughly unique and original mixture of musical styles.
This album, released next week 24/02/14 has been on repeat since I've been blessed with it and I can wholeheartedly tell you, I believe it's one of the albums of 2014 !!! But before 'Origin' drops check out the new single 'Form|Function EP' released yesterday ☺ ☮ ♥ ♬ x