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Tame Impala are everywhere at the moment. The Guardian last week told me they were the best band I’d never heard. But I had heard them and so had loads of other people. Don’t tell me what I have and haven’t heard.
The reason I mention those flavour of this months is because parts of this LP were produced in Perth by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. As the Beach Boys once said “you neeeed Good Timin’’. The dense quasi-psychedelic sound is here, present and correct from this debut from Paris based multi-instrumentalist Melody Prochet who, as you may expect, trades under the name Melody’s Echo Chamber.
The first time my ear was snagged was on the second tune ‘Crystallized’ which has some lovely skirling guitars, flitting around basic drum machine reminding me of the sound produced by The Cleaners From Venus but with a deeper psych head-nodding vibe rather than the Englishman’s whimsy. It concludes in the type of ace bass and drum workout Black Rebel Motorcycle Club can only dream of. As with almost every other psychy female fronted ‘60s loving outfit there are hints of Broadcast here and there particularly on the excellent ‘Some Time, Alone, Alone’ which sounds like a young and raw Broadcast recorded in a grimy garage with the levels way into the red, superb chord changes and spot on majestic.
It can’t keep up that kind of quality throughout, it seems on first listening I’m really enjoying every other track, with the interim ones not bad either, her voice is high pitched and breathy, the production values, noisy, lo-fi with lots of compressed drums and distorted organs, a handful of really great ‘60s/kraut and Euro electronica inspired tunes. I’d be greedy if I asked for anything more.
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